The British team for the Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships CPEDI**** in Moorsele, Belgium (2-4 September) has been announced.

The team riders are:

  • Anne Dunham and Teddy (Grade 1a)
  • Emma Sheardown and Purdy’s Dream (Grade 1a)
  • Deb Criddle and LJT Akilles (Grade III)
  • Sophie Wells and Valerius (Grade IV)

Grade II rider Natasha Baker with Cabral will ride as an individual.

A minor injury to Sophie Christiansen’s mount, Rivaldo of Berkeley, has ruled her out of contention and team stalwarts Ricky Balshaw and Lee Pearson are both recovering from serious injuries.

World-class performance director Will Connell said: “It is great to see Deb Criddle back on the team and Sophie Wells is also bringing a new horse to championship level.

“With Natasha Baker making her squad debut we have some exciting but as yet unproven talent at this level.

“The Europeans this year is very much about developing our squad and building strength and depth ahead of London 2012.”

All five riders will compete for individual and freestyle medals.