GB Para Equestrian team start list

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GB Para Equestrian team start list
GB Para Equestrian team start list

ParalympicsGB has confirmed the four riders who will compete in the team competition at Greenwich Park.

The team is:

    • Sophie Christiansen (Grade Ia)


    • Lee Pearson (Grade Ib)


    • Deborah Criddle (Grade III)


  • Sophie Wells (Grade IV)

Natasha Baker (Grade II) will compete as an individual.

The Team test takes place on Thursday 30 August (Ib) and Friday 31 August (Ia, III, IV). All four riders then compete in the Individual championship test (Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 September).

Both the team and individual championship tests count towards the overall team classification.

Riders scores from the two tests are then combined, with the three highest placed athletes percentage scores determining the team final placing.

The British team are the reigning Paralympic champions, having been unbeaten in the team competition since the sport was introduced into the Paralympic Games in 1996.

All five British horses passed the trot up (horse inspection) at Greenwich Park earlier today.

Paralympic Factfile

Seventy-eight riders and 77 horses (two riders will be using the same horse) will be competing over the six days of competition from Thursday 30 August to Wednesday 4 September.

The athletes are divided into five Grades (Ia, Ib, II, III, IV, V) and will be looking to impress the judges in the Team Test, Individual Championship Test and Freestyle, with 11 sets of medals up for grabs, two per grade and the overall team medals.

Great Britain leads the medal count with a 33 medals since 1996 (18 gold, eight silver and seven bronze) followed by Germany on 14 medals (four gold, seven silver and three bronze) and Norway in third place with 14 medals (four gold, six silver and four bronze).

Lee Pearson has attended three Paralympic Games (2000, 2004 and 2008) and on each occasion secured all three gold medals available to him (Individual, Freestyle and Team).

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