Deborah Criddle (GBR) and LJT Akilles (SWB born 2000 by Amiral out of Heba (55) 14572 by Herkules-Flamingo, breeder Bollerup Lantbruksinstitut) won the individual silver medal in Grade III and the British Team won a gold medal, today!
British Dressage writes:
"Having the experience of competing at three previous Paralympics meant that Deb Criddle was able to refocus despite making a mistake while riding LJT Akilles in the Grade III Individual Championship Test and still achieve 71% to win silver.The 46-year-old rider said: “The marks are a little bit lower than I’d hoped. Yes, there was a mistake. I had too much bend and couldn’t contain what I’d created, so we had an abrupt stop. He’s a sensitive chappie and there was more atmosphere today, but he grew into it in a good way. We had lots of super movements and, overall, it felt fantastic.
“When you go first, it’s always difficult. You have to go out and push for everything. You have no option and know you have better riders coming behind you. There’s always another day, but not, unfortunately, another London 2012. I’ve only had him for just over a year and performing in front of 10,000 people is a lot to ask of a horse. I thought he coped brilliantly well,” she said."
Hampton Classic Horse Show, 26 august - 2 september
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) got serveral placements with Spy Coast Far´s Swedish Warmbloods.
Shane and Cyklon 1083 (SWB born 2001 by Cardento out of Cassandra (35) 25926 by Cortus, breeder Bo Lindroos) won 1.40, placed 2d in 1.45 and 3d in 1.45.
Shane and Siri (SWB born 2002 by Quite Easy out of Silla (42) 21313 by Favorit-Emalj, breeder Lars Holmén) placed 2d in 1.45. Shane and Kalle (SWB born 2002 by Camaro M out of Kate (37) by Excall-Lansiär, breeder Kerstin Jansson) placed 3d in 1.40.
CSIO***** Gijon, Spain 29 augusti - 3 september
Conor Swail (IRL) with Märtha Louise (SWB born 2004 by Maloubet de Pleville out of Virginia Wolf by Wolfgang-Nabuur, breeder Karl-Henrik Heimdahl) won two 1.45-classes.
Michael Whitaker (GBR) with MCB Maya (SWB born 2002 by Cardento out of Roxanne 25311 by Turban Rose-Emalj, breeder Lave Olsson) placed 11th in 1.45.
Conor Swali and Märtha Louise:
The first two days of competition are all about the team with riders in each Grade competing in the Team test. However, as there are some riders competing here as individuals (a team is composed of a minimum of three and maximum of four individuals), they also take part in the team test but their scores do not go towards any final marks, making it a practice run of sorts.
The Swedish Warmbloods made a really good start to the Paralympic Games.
Deborah Criddle (GBR) and LJT Akilles (SWB born 2000 by Amiral out of Heba (55) 14572 by Herkules-Flamingo, breeder Bollerup Lantbruksinstitut) placed 2d with 72.926% in Grade III that took place today. The British team is in lead after the first half of the team competition.
British Dressage writes:
"Competing at her fourth Paralympics, Britain’s Grade III representative Deb Criddle rode the 12-year-old 16.1hh LJT Akilles at his biggest event to date to score 72.926% and finish second.
Deb has had the ride on the 12-year-old by Amiral, owned by The Lady Joseph Trust, since March last year, winning European team and freestyle gold as well as individual silver after just a few months together.
She said: “It was not our best test; I didn’t ride the first few movements enough because I didn’t know what to expect from him in this atmosphere. I now know I can ask for a lot more. It would have been nice to have broken the 74% barrier, but you have to push the barriers for that and need to have a lot more expression. I went in feeling I had to be a little careful in some movements. I also had a couple of late transitions, but I would rather show harmony and super-soft transitions. He had a look at something – a sandbag I think – but apart from that, he didn’t put a foot wrong. It is the rider accuracy that needs a bit more work!”
Anne Cecilie Ore (NOR) and Ballantine (SWB born 1998 by Bourbon out of Gwendelyn 23995 by Bernstein-Gibraltar, breeder Benny Månsson) placed 10th with 64.704% in Grade III.
Grade IV rider Line Thoring Jörgensen (DEN) and Di Caprio 1023 (SWB born 1999 by De Niro out of Namoni (55) 17536 by Napoleon-Monaco, breeder Helena and Niclas Magnusson) placed 5th with 69.406%. The Danish Team is 3d place after the first half of the team competition.
Youngest in the Paralympic, only 15 year old Grade 1a rider Natasha Tse Pui Ting (HKG) and Undulette (SWB born 1996 by Underworld xx out of Utriette 17843 by Utrillo-O´den, breeder Magnus Dyrendahl) got 58.824% and placed 13th.
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