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Friday, November 21, 2014

Woman won’t let multiple sclerosis keep her from sport she loves

Dressage rider Mary Jordan was the third person in her family to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She watched her father and sister battle the disease before receiving the diagnosis herself 12 years ago. MS is an incurable autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own nerves.

Jordan, a Wellington resident who lives in Maine during the off-season, was a lifelong equestrian before developing MS, and she was determined to keep riding while battling the disease that took her father’s life. Jordan’s tenacity has taken her around the world to various para-equestrian dressage competitions. In September, she won the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 8 Championships, qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals with a horse loaned to her by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee. Jordan was the first para-equestrian to compete in the dressage finals, and she credits Vinceremos for letting her ride her “poetically-moving giraffe,” Rubicon 75.

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