As the sun shone over the arena in Deodoro yesterday, Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lubbe took the lead in the Rio 2016 para-equestrian dressage competition on Sunday (11 September), earning the top spot in the grade III team test.
Riding Donatello, the double Athens 2004 gold medallist scored 72.237% to finish ahead of The Netherlands’ Sanne Voets in second who is the reigning grade III world freestyle champion, and Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen in third.
Ann Cathrin Lubbe’s victory was even more impressive as she rode through the sounds of fireworks from the neighbouring town.
“I had a marvellous ride what with the noise and everything,” said Ann Cathrin. “My trainer had told me to ignore everything and just ride, so I just rode. But he’s a very good horse too.”