Yesterday in a media e-mail, United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) said that American equestrian Nathan Asby died unexpectedly on January 11.
Asby was an aspiring 2016 Summer Paralympian, and was actively fund raising late last year to fund participation in qualifying events by selling wreaths in coordination USPEA. He was planning to compete in his first US national para-equestrian event later this year. His most recent horse was Benny. Last November, he was a demo rider at the “Dressage is for Every Horse” Symposium at the ODS Fall Festival where he rode Tays Benazir. In November 2013, he attended the Para-Dressage Symposium West Coast in Winters, California where he rode Luke Skywalker and had the opportunity to impress US national team coaches. His competitive equestrian career saw him travel to Spain, Northern Arizona and Costa Rica. He had won awards at events run by the Arabian Horse Association. He gave back to the sport by volunteering as an instructor at the Happy Trails Horse Therapy Center in West Linn, Oregon. He was a member of the Oregon Dressage Society and Arabian Horse Association.
Outside of equestrian, Asby was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the Yudanskai of the Japanese Karate Federation, where he was a member of the black belt group. As a youngster, he also spent a lot of time skiing at Mount Hood, Canada and Switzerland, and cycled with his family.
At the time of his death, he was a Tigard, Oregon resident and worked for Pinnacle Workforce Logistics. He had an Associate of Applied Science en Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute in Portland, Oregon. He attended Lake Oswego High School, graduating in 1986. He had cerebral palsy.
An event celebrating Asby’s life is scheduled for February 14 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, Ore. It starts at 1:00 PM local time and runs til to 4:00 PM.