Olympic dummy runs for para-equestrians

Para-equestrian Lee Pearson and Gentleman
Para-equestrian Lee Pearson and Gentleman.

British Dressage is calling for supporters to attend Paralympic Dressage selection events at Hickstead and Hartpury to help create a ‘Games-like’ atmosphere.

The British Para Dressage Championships (June 18-19) and the Festival of Dressage CDPI (July 4-8) will complete final preparations for the Games and it is intended that they will help accustom both the equine and human athletes to the environment of a major international show.

Both shows will feature past medal winners and potential future stars in action. Initial entry lists include nine-times Gold medallist Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells, Natasha Baker, Anne Dunham and Sophie Cristiansen.

The events at both Hickstead and Hartpury will be free for spectators and organisers are keen to bolster the crowds and attract as many supporters as possible. The aim is to create a busy show environment to ensure the horses are suitably prepared for the many unfamiliar sights and sounds at Greenwich when the Games begin in August.

Spectators are welcome across all days at both events and this is a great opportunity to get behind the team’s Paralympian dressage riders.

“This is a great chance to see top class dressage, particularly for those who have missed out on tickets for the Games,” said British Dressage Chief Executive Amanda Bond. “We really need dressage enthusiasts to support the team with this crucial preparation for the Paralympics. It really is a case of your country needs you!”


More information: Sarah Overson, British Dressage – 02476 698819



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