Michelle Crunkhorn, 25, had the highest score, 73.55%, riding No Limit at the final selection trial for the Para World Championships despite riding at the toughest level, grade 4.
Anne Dunham filled second and third spots respectively overall, and first and second in her section, grade 1a, which is for riders with the most severe disabilities. Anne, who has multiple sclerosis, rode her World gold medallist, Astrid Hargreaves BB Call Me Caine, for the win, just beating herself on her own Teddy Edwards.
Debbie Criddle produced a flowing, mistake-free test for 71.6% to take the grade III riding Figaro. Debbie lost her right arm and some use of her leg following a motorbike accident in 1985. Simon Laurens was second on Ocean Diamond.
Newcomer Felicity Coulthard took the grade II on Rofelaar with 71.67%. Lee Pearson, having retired his Athens triple gold medallist Blue Circle Boy, won the grade 1b with 70.3% on former broodmare Romanze In Dur.
Read this report in full in today’s Horse & Hound (7 June, ’07)