Britain leading in Para-Dressage

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Natasha Baker (GBR) & Cabral - Team Test Grade II – Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13 September 2016

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Britain are in Gold position after the first round of the team competition at the Paralympic dressage in Rio. Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker, Sophie Wells and Anne Dunham all completed the team test in their grades and are currently top of the leaderboard with a current score of 225.884.

Natasha Baker was the fourth into the arena for ParalympicsGB finishing on 71.88% with Cabral. Sadly Cabral spooked just before entering the arena which resulted in Natasha dropping her whip, but she regained control and finished a lovely test.

“He was really nervous,” explained Natasha. “The atmosphere got hold of him and I had to work really, really hard. But after the first handful of movements he relaxed and started working with me and the fact he settles so quickly has given me confidence for the next few days.”

Natasha previously rode as an individual in the London 2012 Paralympics where she won Gold, but this is her debut on a Paralympic team.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3172″ img_size=””][vc_column_text]IMAGES © BEF / JON STROUD MEDIA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The second half of the team competition gets underway this afternoon with the grade III individual championship, but the next in for Britain will be Sophie Wells and Valerius in the grade IV individual test tomorrow at 3.09pm BST.

The individual championship scores are added to the team test scores to decide the final team standings, as well as generating the first set of individual medals.

Lee Pearson will be back in the arena tomorrow  in the grade Ib individual championship with Zion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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