||12 Aug 2013
Further Personal Information
||Central Washington University: Ellensburg, WA, USA
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She rode in her first event at the age of eight.
|Why this sport?
||She was inspired by her mother, who loved horses.
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and gold at the 2002 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Jerez, Spain. (useventing.com, 09 May 2007)
||She injured her back during a serious fall during the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. In May 2005 she had risky back surgery to correct problems that had progressed into painful pressure on her nerves. She couldn't work or train for five months and admitted that her progress back to full fitness was an uphill battle, but that the surgery had made all the difference. (USOC, 14 Apr 2004; USEF, 09 May 2007)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Anything is attainable if you work hard enough. You don't have to have money or live in an area that has horses, but you have to work hard. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and be willing to learn." (USOC, 14 Apr 2004)
She passed away in her sleep on 12 April 2012. Her family made an announcement, saying "We ask that all take a moment to reflect on Amy whether that little girl on a pony, that girl on the horse, that woman representing her country at the Olympic Games, or the woman serving her community as a firefighter. We hope that brings a smile and a bit of comfort as it does us." (FEI, 26 Apr 2012; eventingnation.com, 18 Apr 2012)
She found her mount Poggio II, who she rode as part of the US gold medal-winning eventing team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Jerez, Spain, in a classified advert in the Seattle Times newspaper. Poggio II was a former racehorse, but was advertised as a mountain pack horse. (usolympicteam.com, 03 Apr 2008)