Yesterday saw the first gold of the Rio 2016 Para dressage competition being awarded to Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lübbe.
The grade III individual test proved to be a thrilling competition, where Ann Cathrin Lübbe riding Donatello scored 72.878%. Just behind Ann Cathrin was Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen on Que Faire and in bronze was Sweden’s Louise Etzner Jakobsson riding Zernard.
Having previously won both the individual and freestyle grade IV titles in Athens back in 2004 and took silver in both these section at Beijing in 2008, Ann Cathrin Lübbe was delighted to be back on top. "Oh, it's good to be back,” said Ann Cathrin. "I worked so hard for it. I'm so pleased that today I was the best and the horse did so well.”
Earlier in the day Great Britain’s Natasha Baker won the grade II team test riding her London 2012 double gold medal winning horse Cabral, on a score of 71.882. This was just ahead of Demi Vermeulen (NED) who was second and Germany’s Steffen Zeibig who took third. “I had to work hard, really hard,” said Natasha Baker. “I never expected to get 71 per cent.”
So far Denmark has taken the lead, with France and Australia close behind, but this could all change today.