Patient Stories: 
Shannon Mazurick

Shannon Mazurick, a rider at Hospital for Special Care’s (HSC) Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, was recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair Connecticut for 2017. She will serve as Connecticut’s state titleholder and independent delegate for one year. She is currently busy preparing to represent Connecticut and compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2018 pageant in Erie, PA, this coming August.

Unlike most pageants, judges focus on recognizing the accomplishments of women who use wheelchairs. What has Shannon accomplished in her 30 years? She was born with Cerebral Palsy but that seems almost a footnote to her life.

Shannon earned her BA in English at The University of Saint Joseph in 2008 and then in 2013 she earned her MS in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University. She is the author of six books, four of which are children’s books and two which feature her poetry. Her books are available on Amazon or you can check them out on her website .

Beyond her writing, Shannon has worked with several school districts and organizations to help encourage students to explore their own potentials and not be limited by their atypical physical or cognitive issues.

Shannon has been riding since she first got on a pony at the age of 3. “The freedom I feel and the muscle workout I get is fantastic, she said.” I also have a love of animals so riding includes all of these things.”

Lisa Ferry, her riding instructor at Manes & Motions, commented that “Riding at Manes & Motions has really given Shannon the opportunity to expand her riding skills. She is always eager to challenge herself and it's so rewarding for me as her instructor to see her accomplish her goals.”

Shannon completed her first session at Manes & Motions in early December. She plans to come back for the spring session in April. When asked why she travels from Avon to Middletown she shared “I absolutely love Manes & Motions. This is the first location I have found where I don’t struggle to mount or dismount” because of the raised lift available.