Today saw the half-way stage in the para-equestrian dressage team competition with the current Paralympic champions, Great Britain leading the standings just two days before the team medals are decided.
Earlier this morning, Natasha Baker was the final team rider for Great Britain, to take to the arena riding Cabral in the Grade II Team test. With a slight spook by Cabral before entering the arena, Natasha produced a lovely test showing her skill and confidence to achieve a score of 71.882% to take the top spot in the class.
“I’m so, so proud of him. I had to work really, really hard through that test; the atmosphere got to him a little bit, I had to really calm him down after that spook,” said Natasha. “I couldn’t have done anything more in the lead up to the Games and I couldn’t have done anything more in the arena. He tried his best and that’s what we came here to do.”
With the other three British riders Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham and Sophie Wells performing great Team tests yesterday, this means Great Britain heads into the final two days (Wednesday and Thursday) of team competition in the lead on a total score of 225.884. Sitting in second place at the moment is Germany with 218.602 and The Netherlands currently in third position with 215.558.
Tomorrow will see the first day of the Individual Championship tests, with Sophie Wells up first to ride down the centre line for Paralympics GB in the Grade IV class, before Lee Pearson competes in the afternoon in the Grade Ib class.