European Championships – Day Six

24th Aug 2019

Para-equestrian dressage

Team GBR's para-equestrian dressage squad has added to the two individual silver medals won by Georgia Wilson (Grade II) and Sophie Well (Grade V) with an overall team medal. The squad, which also includes Nicky Greenhill (Grade IV) and Mari Durward-Akhurst (Grade I), put in four strong performances over the course of two days. 

Mari was the first of the team to step up to the plate, riding Sky O'Hara yesterday morning. She and her support team elected to enlist Sophie Well's C Fatal Attraction as a companion horse to help settle Sky's nerves following a tense individual test, and the decision appeared to pay off when they notched up a personal best score of 70.89%.

Next in was Georgia Wilson, who is on impressive form in her first major championships. She and Midnight finished top of the class, ahead of very good company, with a score of 74.75% – also a personal best. 

Experienced Sophie Wells and C Fatal Attraction were next up, on the hunt for Sophie's 31st championship medal. 'Jorge' was much more settled this time around compared to their individual test, but they still merited a similar score of 75.65%, leaving them in second behind the Dutch rider yet again.

The final rider for the team was Nicky Greenhill, riding King Edward I. The noise from the neighbouring Rotterdam Arena, where Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato were conducting their Freestyle routine, made it tricky for visually impaired Nicky to hear her callers, but the pair gave it their all and pulled off a personal best score of 69.57%.

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The para-equestrian dressage Freestyle takes place tomorrow, starting with Grade III at 7am BST.

 

Dressage

Thanks to strong scores in the Grand Prix Special, Carl Hester and Gareth Hughes qualified for tonight's Freestyle class. Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato were in first, but had a tricky time with several mistakes. They still managed to score a very credible 70.732% for 14th place.

Gareth Hughes has had an amazing week in Rotterdam, which continued with a flowing Freestyle routine set to music from the TV programme 'Outlander'. They secured yet another personal best, breaking the 80% barrier with a final score of 80.125%, which meant they finished in 10th.

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