2016-03-09 22:21:11

Celine van Till, born in 1991, is a Swiss  para-equestrian dressage rider who started horse riding when she was 6 years old. Since that day, Celine has been a rider up through to highest level and even representing Switzerland in various international events.

At the age of 13, Celine started riding bigger horses, her participation in national competitions was intensified, both in dressage and in jumping. She was successful in both disciplines but her career finally moved towards dressage. Never ceasing to train to be in perfect harmony with her horses and to exercise the elegance of every movement, her efforts have been rewarded with a fifth place at the Swiss Junior Championships both in 2007 and in 2008. She joined the Swiss Junior team, marking the beginning of her international career.

However, in 2008, during a training camp in Germany, Celine’s life changed for good. Celine got severely injured after a serious horse riding accident in which, she was in a coma for one month, and got out of it in a bad state. However, being very determined in every challenge and having a strong competitor mindset, she started her re-education with her horses and her 

“resurrection” as she likes to point out. Since 2010, she competes at the highest level of Para-Equestrian Dressage. Also holding a Bachelor degree in management and marketing, Celine combines her mission as Miss Handicap, title obtained in 2012, and the role of an author. 

Indeed, Celine wanted to share her experience in a book: “Pas à pas, histoire d’un accident et d’une résurrection” (Step by step, story of an accident and a resurrection). Today, being destined for a professional rider career, she competes in Grade III of Para-Equestrian Dressage events. As an athlete, she trains in the saddle as well as in the gym. Being part of the Swiss Paralympic team, she is, on average, five to six times abroad for competitions every year. 

Having been selected for the World Equestrian Games of Para-Equestrian Dressage in 2014, the main objective of Celine was to represent Switzerland at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. She became a Paralympian and felt more motivated than ever after finishing 13th. She already works towards Tokyo 2020. A dream which she could hold thanks to her optimism and determination: how she regularly mentiones - "Anything is possible."

• 2004: 3rd place at the Championnats Romands Junior

• 2005: first season in that category “L”, 5th place at the finals of the Swiss Junior Cup

• 2006: competing in the category “M”

• 2007 and 2008: 5th place at the Swiss Junior Championships, integration in the national juniors team 

• 2008: accident

• 2010: competing in Para-Equestrian Dressage, 4th at the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky, USA

• 2014: 12th at the World Equestrian Games in Caen, France

• 2015: 11th at the European Championships in Deauville, France

• ‚Äč2016: 13th at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil