On November 20-21, 2017, EQUU8 and one of its students, Lilly — a teenager who has been blind since childhood, who has hopes of riding in the Paralympics someday — attended a clinic with Para Dressage coach and international Grand Prix dressage rider, Michel Assouline. Assouline is most recognized as one of the head coaches who led the British Paralympic team to win the gold medal in Rio in 2016). The symposium was held at Ride On LA at their Chatsworth facility, and Assouline shadow coached each student in attendance with each trainer, in this case Suzanne Hodges from EQUU8. Upon assessment of her riding, "I believe you will make it," Assouline encouraged Lilly, who couldn't hide the huge smile from her face. Lilly has been given a year-long assignment meant to keep her on course and will push the limits of her training thus far, inspired by the work of another blind Para Dressage rider, Nicky Greenhill. Stay tuned for more details in her Paralympic journey.