HIGH HOPES FOR MORE MEDALS

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Photo credit - FEI Liz Gregg

Team and timetable revealed as Britain goes for gold at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The British para-dressage team begin their quest for medals in Tokyo tomorrow (26 August).

Georgia Wilson (riding Sakura), Natasha Baker (Keystone Dawn Chorus), Sir Lee Pearson (Breezer) and Sophie Wells (Don Cara M) hope to defend the team title which Britain has retained since Atlanta in 1996. 

They face a strong USA squad, considered the favourites by many. The Netherlands, current world and European champions, is another team to watch.

In total, 78 para-dressage riders from 27 nations are entered for the Tokyo Games. 

Inclusive sport

The governing body for international horse sport (the FEI) has endorsed a movement championing inclusivity.

The #WeThe15 campaign aspires to represent the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities who make up 15% of the global population.

“Para-sports, such as para-equestrian, have shown the world that a disability is only disabling when it prevents someone from doing what they really want to do,” says Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI secretary general and president.

Paralympics timetable

All events take place at Tokyo’s Equestrian Park 

Thursday 26 August

  • Individual Test - Grade II
  • Individual Test - Grade IV
  • Individual Test - Grade V
  • Individual Test - Grade II/IV/V Victory Ceremony

Friday 27 August

  • Individual Test - Grade I
  • Individual Test - Grade III
  • Individual Test - Grade I/III Victory Ceremony

Saturday 28 August

  • Team Test to Music

Sunday 29 August

  • Team Test to Music
  • Team Test to Music Victory Ceremony

Monday 30 August

  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade IV
  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade V
  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade III
  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade II
  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade I
  • Individual Freestyle Test - Grade IV/V/III/II/I Victory Ceremony
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