2010 Para Dressage Day Four Britain’s Para dressage Grade Ia riders claimed their second hat-trick of medals in today’s freestyle competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. This time it was Emma Sheardown who was crowned World Champion ahead of Sophie Christiansen in Silver with Anne Dunham in bronze.
Emma has had an eventful 36 hours having won her first ever World Championship medal yesterday – a bronze in the Ia individual test – she then fell en route to yesterday’s press conference breaking her two front teeth. The medical team attended and took her to the University of Kentucky hospital where the emergency dentist cemented them back.
After a brief rest she was back at the Kentucky Horse Park and ready for action with Purdy’s Dream. Their test was well presented and flowed well to score 78.550% - quite an achievement under the circumstances. After her test, Emma said; “I am very happy with that performance.
He felt really nice and improved on yesterday as he stayed on a better contact for me.” Next was Sophie Christiansen with The Berkeley Group’s Rivaldo of Berkeley and it wasn’t the golden performance she’d hoped for.
Their Sir Paul McCartney inspired music test was well ridden but a few small mistakes gave a score of 77.850% to finish just behind Emma. A disappointed Sophie said; “I stuck to my plan of extra warm up time but I got quite hot and the pressure got to me a bit.
Three golds would have been nice as I could have shown Lee (Pearson) up! I was quite tired after yesterday but there are no excuses. I’m absolutely thrilled for Emma!” Our final rider was Anne Dunham and she knew it would need to be the test of a lifetime to beat Sophie and Emma.
Her partner Teddy was rhythmical as ever and consistent throughout for 74.800% but again she just couldn’t better Emma’s score and had to settle for bronze. Anne commented; “I enjoy freestyle – it’s about the challenge of making things technical and making the best use of your horse without being over the top.
I’ve kept Teddy fresh all week by not over riding him and he’s performed well in our three tests. I’m sorry my time at WEG is nearly over and this was my last test here. I’m looking forward to the Europeans and London 2012!” The medals will be presented on Sunday 10 October.
photos Janos Schmidt