With a tendency to ride entire dressage tests with a grin, Sarah Hepler is changing people’s minds about competing with off-track thoroughbreds, and is now Full Gallop Communications new brand ambassador.
A junior hunter/jumper and eventing competitor, Hepler has relied on her horses to get her through tough times. Sarah rides one-armed as a result of a childhood accident, has a passion for OTTBs and has personally found new homes for nine horses from the Finger Lakes track just in the past year alone working directly with track trainers, FLTAP and private barns in the upstate NY region.
She is also an avid horse collector, with four OTTBs of her own and counting. In 2017, Hepler competed her mare, Princess Alisha (Birdie) at the Retired Racehorse Project in dressage at the Kentucky Horse Park. Shunning the Para-equestrian tests, Sarah prefers to tackle the competition on even terms with her entry Solena Bambolina (Lena) for this year’s RRP event in the dressage and freestyle divisions.
"When the right partnership presents itself, you have to run with it,” says Amanda MacDonald, founder and principal of Full Gallop Communications. “Sarah sets the bar high for herself as a rider and teaches everyone in her orbit to say YES more often. She just embodies positive attitude. It was important to me to have the right person represent what we do and I could not be more excited to have her part of the Full Gallop team.”
Full Gallop is not currently seeking additional brand ambassadors at this time.