Meet our Key Note Speaker Tory Watters

Tory Watters photo croppedWe are excited to announce Tory Watters as our keynote speaker for our 3rd annual Stillwater Stables fundraising banquet. Tory currently lives in Indian Hills, Ohio with her two sons, ages 14 and 16. Tory has lived in Ohio her entire life and has been riding horses since the age of 2.

At the young age of 14, Tory was diagnosed with a brain tumor which required surgery. And though she made an amazing recovery afterwards the surgery left her legally blind. Being left with a vision that only saw shadows brought a very big challenge to an active teenager whose primary love was to ride. She was left with the choice to give up, or to persevere and begin the journey of relearning things that had been so natural to her when she could see. The doctor’s advice to give up riding was devastating to her; but one day, with her arms wrapped around her pony in tears, her mother realized that for her daughter to truly be alive again Tory had to get back in the saddle.

Tory’s story is one of courage, faith, trust and a will to never give up no matter how difficult things can be, and has an amazing sense of humor and a determination that is inspiring. She will be sharing from her life experiences how horses give her hope, life and a feeling of freedom that nothing else has been able to do. After relearning how to ride again, Tory went on to become an incredible nationally accredited rider with amazing balance and feel. The picture above was taken at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show riding her beloved horse Eye Remember Rio, in the 3 foot to 3 foot 3 inches Adult Hunter classic class which she took 1st place in.

From choosing life and to never giving up, Tory has made the impossible possible in her life. She could have easily made excuses for why she couldn’t do things but instead she used that energy to find ways of making it happen. Come and be inspired on how amazing horses are in their ability to save lives!

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2 Responses to Meet our Key Note Speaker Tory Watters

  1. Dee Dee Epstein says:

    Hi, I would like to speak with Tory. My 11 year old daughter is legally blind due to optic nerve hypoplasia in both eyes. I am interested in how competition works.

    • Hi Dee Dee,
      I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond but I just realize that you let me a post about talking with Tory. If you are still interested I could totally give you her information so you could talk with her. She is super nice and I know would be happy to answer any of your questions.
      Executive Director
      Connie Patrick

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