Australia's Emma Booth has claimed participating in Para-equestrian has made a monumental difference to her life after she was involved in a car accident in 2013.
At the age of 21, Booth was driving home from an eventing competition with friends when a lorry jack-knifed in front of her causing a major road accident.
Suffering numerous injuries, Booth was left paraplegic and was hospitalised for many months.
"It was six months before I could ride again," said Booth to the IPC website.
"And when I did it was the most uplifting and awesome moment."
Booth was not aware of Para-equestrian before her accident and acknowledges how much of an impact it has had on her life.
"I was lucky to have my first ride with Julia Battams, the high performance director of Australia's Para-equestrian squad, and I set my sights on Rio 2016 there and then," Booth added.
"It's amazing that I can still do the sport I love and it's made a huge difference to me mentally and physically.
"It gives me focus and goals and motivation and I don't know what my life would be without it."
In 2014 Booth missed out on the Australian team for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Equestrian Games before claiming a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympics two years later.
At the Games, while riding Mogelvangs Zidane, Booth suffered a poor ride in the team test in the early stages of the competition as the Australian line-up finished ninth.
However, during the individual medal test, she finished in fifth place, just one percentage point away from the podium.
"I learnt so much in Rio though," Booth said
"It was a roller coaster after a pretty terrible first day.
"He was spooked as we were getting ready to enter the arena.
"We never really recovered from that.
"I’m really excited about our future, especially with the next FEI World Equestrian Games next year, and then Tokyo in 2020.
"The Australian team has so much potential and gets stronger and stronger.
"We're working on a programme to get more exposure and have a good high performance structure in place."