Derrick Perkins of Sugar Land, Texas is an U.S. Air Force veteran who was injured September 6, 1988 while on active duty. After his initial physical rehabilitation he was stabilized as a C7 Asia D Tetraplegic with significant loss of use in all four extremities.
As part of his rehabilitation, Derrick began participating in a therapeutic equestrian program. Derrick’s balance, strength, and coordination greatly improved through horse riding. He has participated three times in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Top Hands Show earning ribbons in English Equitation, Trail, and Barrels.
He also earned Reserve Champion at the 2011 National Snaffle Bit Association Championships in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 2012 Derrick received his 1A Classification with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) making him eligible for international competition. Derrick is also a member of the U.S. Para Equestrian Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and the U.S. Dressage Federation. In 2013, Derrick began receiving support from CAF Operation Rebound for his dressage training and competitions. Derrick’s goal is to be a member of the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian team.
“CAF Operation Rebound helped me get to the next level and qualify for international competition. Their support has been tremendous.”- Derrick Perkins
Your generosity and support gives Derrick the opportunity to continue achieving new heights in his chosen sport.
How Does Operation Rebound Help?
Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have served honorably and have suffered permanent physical injuries. Grants are awarded for event travel, lodging, entry fees, training and equipment.
How Can You Help?
Make a tax-deductible contribution to Challenged Athletes, Inc., (dba Challenged Athletes Foundation) a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization. To make a donation, please call (858) 866-0959, send a check to the address listed below, or make a secure payment through our website: www.challengedathletes.org.