Cameron Danzi

Driving to a richer, happier life.

HorsePower programs have transformed

Cameron's physical and emotional wellbeing

When Cameron was born in 1995 he was in perfect health but then, only five months later, he contracted pneumococcal meningitis. The resulting brain damage left him with dyspraxia (loss of fine and gross motor co-ordination) and a severe loss of muscle strength, as well as epilepsy.

‚ÄčAt two-and-a-half years of age, unable to walk despite undergoing regular conventional and alternative therapies, Cameron came to HorsePower Australia where he sat on a horse for the first time. With no core strength to speak of, it took five people to assist him and keep him safe that first time, after just six months attending HorsePower his muscle tone and motor skills had improved markedly – so much so that he was able to stand and walk independently at his third birthday party.

Since then, Cameron has been a regular at HorsePower Australia, and while he will never be able to lead a ‘normal’ independent life – he has similar needs to those of a toddler – his sessions here have transformed his physical and emotional wellbeing. Today, at the age of 23 and surrounded by his extended HorsePower family, Cameron has progressed to carriage driving, giving him a degree of freedom and independence that his family thought may never be possible.

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Travers Reed
Travers Read

Compared to his older sister Haylee, Travers was a small and lethargic baby, reluctant to feed and slow to develop – he wasn’t moving or vocalising the way his parents expected him to.
After treatment from a physiotherapist, and a referral to a paediatrician via Collie Health Service's Early Intervention team, Travers was tested, assessed and diagnosed with Duchenne
muscular dystrophy (a form of progressive muscular weakness without a cure), microdeletion syndrome and eventually severe sleep apnoea.

Travers’ parents explored different therapies and treatments and he made some progress, walking for the first time shortly after his second birthday, but he was still very quiet
and withdrawn. It wasn’t until Travers tried horse riding with HorsePower Australia that his general health and wellbeing really improved.

After forming a special bond with Jo, his HorsePower coach, Travers began to take significant steps forward, both physically and emotionally, with improved strength, posture, mobility and
confidence. He now loves his excursions to HorsePower Collie and has come out of his shell, no longer the quiet and subdued boy he once was, happily meeting new people and enjoying new
experiences.

Bek Millard
Rebekah Millard

Rebekah was born with spina bifida and has spent much of her life in a wheelchair. In 1999, at the age of six, her parents took her to the HorsePower Hills with a view to improving the
movement in her joints and strengthening her muscles. Little did they know that this would be the start of a journey of discovery and achievement that would transform Rebekah’s health
and life, not only as a child, but also as an adult.

From Max, the first pony Rebekah rode as a six-year-old, through to Brian, who she has ridden since 2012, Rebekah’s journey with HorsePower Australia and her equestrian friends (two-legged and four
legged) has been a remarkable one. It has transformed her mobility, independence, self-confidence and emotional wellbeing – when Rebekah was diagnosed with a mental health issue,
her relationship with Brian took on a whole new dimension and importance.

It’s also a journey that has seen Rebekah compete in a host of dressage competitions and, since 2016, train with a number of dressage coaches from around the world – Paralympian
Sharon Jarvis, Jon Pitts and Katrin Kuenstler to name a few. She is now a key member of WA’s Para-equestrian Dressage Development Squad and the HorsePower Australia Dressage Development
Squad.

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