Para-Dressage Reserve Combinations

World Equestrian Games 2018

Reserves World Equestrian Games 2018 Para-Dressage Reserve Combinations
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Biography

The following combinations have been named as the reserve combinations for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games para-dressage squad (all combinations listed in alphabetical order);

SUZANNA HEXT
Competition Grade: Grade II
Horse: LJT Enggaards Solitaire, owned by the Lady Joseph Trust and Henrietta Cheetham

Suzanna got involved with horses from a young age and started eventing aged 13, training with international event rider Lucy Wiegersma. Following an accident with a young horse in 2012, Suzanna received multiple injuries which included a crushed back, shoulder and pelvis as well as severe nerve damage which left her partially paralysed from the legs down with severe spasticity. Suzanna also experienced a head injury which has affected her vision and coordination. Two years later, she returned to the saddle and started competing in dressage and para-dressage. 

Suzanna started working with Charlie and Pammy Hutton’s Abira in 2015, after initially training with Pammy from the age of 12, and they competed in their first para-dressage three star class together at Hartpury. In 2016, the pair became grade III (formerly grade II) champions at the Winter Championships and propelled them to their first international competition together later that year in Waregem. They were recognised for their achievements and were long-listed for the Rio Olympic Games. At the end of 2016, Suzanna was inducted onto the World Class Programme and she is currently part of the Podium squad.

She made her championship debut in 2017 at the European Championships, returning home with three gold medals. 

ISOBELLE PALMER
Competition Grade: Grade IV
Horse: Touchdown M, owned by Mrs N Wells and Sophie Wells

Izzy began riding when she was two as a form of physiotherapy, having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy causing right sided hemiplegia; she started to compete dressage aged 11, when she got her first pony, Dunkie. Inspired by London 2012, Izzy began competing para-dressage in 2013 and won a talent development competition at the Festival of Dressage at Vale View, and went on to compete at Hickstead, BYRDS Home International and the national championships. 

Izzy began training with her mentor Sophie Wells in 2013. A member of the World Class Podium Potential Programme since 2014, and a former BEF Excel Talent Programme squad member, Izzy was selected as a reserve for the 2017 European Championship squad. 

SOPHIE WELLS MBE
Competition Grade: Grade V
Horse: Gladstone, owned by Jackie and Neil Walker, Valerie Woolford and the athlete

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GEORGIA WILSON
Competition Grade: Grade II
Horse: Midnight, owned by the athlete

Georgia began competing internationally in 2014; A member of the BEF's Excel Talent Programme, she is trained by fellow team-mate Sophie Wells