Sandy Rafferty is equestrian official in Paralympics

10:41 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis (KSDK) - Once the Olympics end, another set of games will soon begin in London. The Paralympics get underway August 29th and a local woman will be heading across the pond to work during the equestrian events.

This is not Sandy Rafferty's first rodeo, she's been involved with the Paralympics since 1987 and this time she's off to London to be a steward.

She is heading to London on August 20th, to be an official for the Paralymics equestrian events. There she will not judge, but watch the riders and make sure they are following the rules. She will also help look out for the welfare of the horses.

She explains that Olympic equestrian events and Paralympic equestrian events are very similar and you can hardly tell a difference.

Rafferty has been a coach for the U.S. Paralympic team and that's what propels her to the "official" or "steward" status.

"I've had experience on the team taking teams all over the world to compete, so going from being a coach and a team organizer to an official I'm well aware of the rules and what it takes to be a competitor," said Rafferty, who doesn't get paid for her officiating.

She says she hopes to go to the Paralympics in Rio.


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