This is one young lady who grabs life by the ears and gives it a good shake.
As well as this, she's now also in Rio for the Paralympic Games, representing the USA in Para-Dressage.
We had a chat with her recently to find out more about her incredible journey, from living with a rare medical condition and stroke at the age of 11, to representing her country on the world stage…
You can vote for your favourite inspirational athlete, groom or Rising Star just like Sydney here, over at www.feiawards.com
Syd, how would you describe the relationship you have with your horses to someone who has never ridden before?
I've always said that this is one of the most difficult questions to answer because the relationship between a rider and a horse is something that words can't even really describe.
You both need each other in order to be successful and the horse relies on you to give it the cues when riding. Even on your worst days you need to be the best for your horse because they trust and depend on you.
The horse can feel when you're feeling down and they always find a way to make you smile and laugh! They have always been my best physical therapy.
For non-horsey folks, Dressage can look slow and ‘easy’. It can't be, surely - otherwise there would be no Olympic champions, would there??
In the best of dressage tests, the rider makes it look easy because they cue with small aids physically that the horse interprets subtlety, making the test look smooth and effortless. Para-Dressage is no different, although sometimes the aids we use are slightly different, depending on our disabilities. For example, I am allowed to use my voice in my tests, but when I do, I try to make it as soft as possible so as not to distract from the beauty of the movements.
Dressage at its heart is about harmony between horse and rider, and while it may look easy from the outside, we riders spend countless hours with our partners learning to speak with each other in the quietest language possible.