Rio 2016 Paralympics: Great Britain take command of para-equestrian team competition

Great Britain took control of the team competition at the Rio 2016 para-dressage on Monday

Sophie Christiansen (GBR) & Athene Lindebjerg - Team Test Grade Ia – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12 September 2016

Sophie Christiansen (GBR) & Athene Lindebjerg – Team Test Grade Ia – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12 September 2016

With London 2012 double gold medallist Sophie Christiansen winning the grade Ia team test with a massive 77.522%, Great Britain took control of the team competition. Riding Athene Lindebjerg, Christiansen scored the highest marks of the entire competition so far to beat team mate Anne Dunham into second place, with Germany’s Elke Philip in third.

For her to go in that loud, atmospheric arena I was over the moon with her,Christiansen said after her test. “And I’ve got a really bad cold today so I had to contend with that as well.

It felt a bit tentative and it’s nice getting that score knowing that there’s more to come.

Belgium’s Michèle George won the grade IV team test in the morning, setting out her stall for the defence of her two individual London 2012 titles in the process.

Riding FBW Rainman, the current world champion scored 75.286% to finish just over half a percentage point ahead of Great Britain’s Sophie Wells. Frank Hosmar of The Netherlands was third.

It felt great,” said George after her test. “I was very happy with my horse. When I came in he was a little bit under because there were a lot of things to see and he’s very sensitive to that, but I think the warmth was in my favour today.

He was at 99.9% and not over the top and I really enjoyed my ride.

Wells’ solid performance opened the scoring for Great Britain in the team competition in the best way possible. “He went in and listened to what he had to do,” she said. “He was a little nervous which is understandable as he’s not been to a Paralympics before, but he came back to me and concentrated and did what he needed to do.

Following the day’s tests Great Britain currently lead the team competition, ahead of Belgium and Germany. The competition is still not half-way through however, as the results of Tuesday’s (13 September) grade II team test, and then the five individual tests which follow will also be counted.

One of the more emotional moments of Monday’s competition came when Uruguay’s Alfonsina Maldonado, riding Da Vinci, competed her test. Maldonado’s debut marks the first time Uruguay has entered the para-dressage competition and it appeared that the nerves and pressure of the event may have affected her. She finished at the bottom of the nine-rider field and left the arena in tears. “I always dreamed to be a champion,” she said afterwards, “The horse was really good but I was really nervous and emotional because it was the first time my family was here to see me and I couldn’t control my hands and legs. I hope that my country feels proud. I did my best.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Dressage Team Test Grade III – 11 September 2016
Jury: Orsini – Gerritsen – Prain – Leitch – Urban

1° Ann Cathrin Lubbe (Norway) – Donatello – 72.237%
2° Sanne Voets (The Netherlands) – Demantur – 70.316%
3° Susanne Sunesen (Denmark) – Que Faire – 70.158%
4° Annika Lykke Dalskov Risum (Denmark) – Aros A Fenris – 70.132%
5° Philippa Johnson-Dwyer (South Africa) – Lord Louis – 69.921%
6° Angela Peavy (United States) – Lancelot Warrior – 68.895%
7° Jose Letartre (France) – Swing Royal – 68.053%
8° Katie-Maree Umback (Australia) – Marquis – 68%
9° Louise Studer (France) – Esmeralda Tanz – 67.763%
10° Roberta Sheffield (Canada) – Double Agent – 67.526%
11° Louise Etzner Jakobsson (Sweden) – Zernard – 67.368%
12° Rodolpho Riskalla (Brazil) – Warenne – 66.737%
13° Karolina Karwowska (Poland) – Emol – 66.237%
13° Celine Van Till (Switzerland) – Amanta – 66.237%
15° Sharon Jarvis (Australia) – Ceasy – 65.921%
16° Patricio Guglialmelli Lynch (Argentina) – Zizifo Interagro – 60.974%

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Dressage Team Test Grade Ib – 11 September 2016
Jury: King – Leitch – Myhre – Orsini – Gerritsen

1° Lee Pearson (Great Britain) – Zion – 75.28%
2° Pepo Puch (Austria) – Fontainenoir – 74.16%
3° Alina Rosenberg (Germany) – Nea’S Daboun – 73.16%
4° Stinna Kaastrup (Denmark) – Smarties – 71.68%
5° Nicole Den Dulk (The Netherlands) – Wallace – 70.64%
6° Celine Gerny (France) – Flint – 68.44%
7° Ashley Gowanlock (Canada) – Di Scansano – 67.2%
8° Marcos Alves (Brazil) – Vladimir – 66.84%
9° Sydney Collier (United States) – Western Rose – 66.44%
10° Maximillian C Tan (Singapore) – Don’S Day Dream – 62.96%
11° Mitsuhide Miyaji (Japan) – Bandero – 62.76%

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Dressage Team Test Grade IV – 12 September 2016
Jury: Urban – Myhre – King – Orsini – Prain

1° Michele George (Belgium) – Fbw Rainman – 75.286%
2° Sophie Wells (Great Britain) – Valerius – 74.405%
3° Frank Hosmar (The Netherlands) – Alphaville – 72.381%
4° Lisa Martin (Australia) – First Famous – 72.31%
5° Ciska Vermeulen (Belgium) – Rohmeo – 69.476%
6° Nicole Geiger (Switzerland) – Phal De Lafayette – 68.286%
7° Carolin Schnarre (Germany) – Del Rusch – 65.833%
8° Heidi Loeken (Norway) – Armano – 64.238%
9° Alfonsina Maldonado (Uruguay) – Da Vinci – 60.857%

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Dressage Team Test Grade Ia – 12 September 2016
Jury: Myhre – Prain – Urban – Leitch – Gerritsen

1° Sophie Christiansen (Great Britain) – Athene Lindebjerg – 77.522%
2° Anne Dunham (Great Britain) – Ljt Lucas Normark – 73.957%
3° Elke Philipp (Germany) – Regaliz – 73.913%
4° Laurentia Tan (Singapore) – Fuerst Sherlock – 73.13%
5° Sergio Oliva (Brazil) – Coco Chanel – 73.087%
6° Katja Karjalainen (Finland) – High Flow – 71.217%
7° Jens Lasse Dokkan (Norway) – Cypres – 70.652%
8° Anita Johnsson (Sweden) – Dear Friend – 70.609%
9° Gemma Rose Foo (Singapore) – Cassis Royal – 70.478%
9° Rihards Snikus (Latvia) – King Of The Dance – 70.478%
11° Luigi Ferdinando Acerbi (Italy) – Quasimodo Disanpatrignano – 70%
12° Thibault Stoclin (France) – Uniek – 69.522%
13° Anastasja Vistalova (Czech Republic) – Lata Brandis – 69.391%
14° Roxanne Trunnell (United States) – Royal Dancer – 69.348%
15° Vera Lucia Mazzilli (Brazil) – Ballantine – 68.913%
16° Birgitte Reitan (Norway) – Steffi Graf – 68.391%
17° Ana Veiga (Portugal) – Convicto – 68.261%
18° Eveline Van Looveren (Belgium) – Exelent – 68.174%
19° Margaret Mcintosh (United States) – Rio Rio – 68.087%
20° Helen Kearney (Ireland) – Rock And Roll 2 – 68%
21° Michael Martin Knauder (Austria) – Contessa 15 – 67.913%
22° Julia Sciancalepore (Austria) – Pommery 4 – 67.043%
23° Pui Ting Natasha Tse (Hong Kong) – New Washingtons Edition – 66.261%
24° Robyn Andrews (Canada) – Fancianna – 62.696%
25° Katarina Jobbagyova (Slovakia) – Sterngreifer – 60.565%
WD: Sara Morganti (Italy) – Royal Delight (Vet-Check KO)