The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Noella Angel, Australia, South Australia

I was born with a rare vascular malformation called klippel trenaunay syndrome that affects my right leg.

From my condition, I live with muscles contractions, shortening of my leg a fused ankle, nerve damage and lots more. However, horses have always been the one thing that has adapted to me as things changed, and the one think that has kept me sane.

I’ve been riding since I was two, but over time it took a back seat to health and treatments. As time progressed, I rode more and more. I went through the pony club levels to reach my K certificate, then became a part of the RDA. Later in life, I became an independent rider which led time to Para Dressage. It’s my dream to ride overseas for Australia and use my competition to promote and raise awareness of KTS and AVM, and show others that no matter what you are given you can keep going, and make the most of it. Riding is a freedom that cannot be explained – the horse gives me the legs I lack.