Britain’s Paralympic equestrian team raring to go in Hong Kong

  • Britain’s Paralympic equestrian team is ready and waiting to ride for gold in Hong Kong.

    The action starts on Sunday, 7 September, and finishes the following Thursday, 11 September.

    British team performance manager Will Connell told H&H: “All the athletes and their horses arrived in good shape and are looking forward to the competition.”

    The British Paralympic equestrian team includes six-time Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson, treble gold European and World medallist Deborah Criddle, and multi-medallist Anne Dunham. Also on the squad for the first time are three debutantes — Ricky Balshaw, 21, Simon Laurens, 40, and Felicity Coulthard, 24 — all of whom won medals at last year’s World Championships.

    Paralympic dressage is divided into five classifications from 1a through to IV, with grade 1a being for the most disabled riders. The riders compete within these grades in both a set championship test and a freestyle to music competition.

    Britain has won team gold at every Paralympics since dressage was first included on the programme in 1996.

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