My Why: Wendi Neckameyer

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 08, 2021

Wendi and NilesThe 2nd annual Reeve Run & Roll virtual 5K will take Team Reeve globetrotting from kick-off September 25, 2021, through October 3, 2021. Participants of all athletic abilities will join to run, roll, cycle, swim, surf, dribble, walk and so much more.

Wendi Neckameyer

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I work for Paraquad, Inc. and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation supported our efforts to help people living with paralysis by recently awarding Paraquad a Quality of Life Grant. We are honored to be associated with the Reeve Foundation and are happy to support their efforts.

How do you plan to complete the virtual 5k?

I plan to get on my horse Niles, walk, and dismount. Unfortunately, I’m not up to a 5K since I have had two knee surgeries. In 2019 a challenge I had to overcome was getting my right knee replaced. Then, in May, I had surgery on my left knee. It has been a challenge with my love for riding, but my goal is to participate as a horse-and-rider team this year.

Wendi and NilesWhat are you doing to train for the 5k?

I spend an hour doing exercises every morning, and in the evenings, I am starting back to do groundwork with Niles. He is a young (7-year-old) off-the-track Thoroughbred (that means he raced). I ride dressage, but both of us need to learn to move correctly and develop our muscles, and we work both on the ground and in the saddle. I adopted Niles from a Thoroughbred rehoming center in May 2019, so we haven’t been able to do much up until now! I am really excited to be in the saddle, and be with my horse Niles!

There is still time to register for the Reeve Run & Roll and join my team!

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