There was elation at the Olympic Equestrian Centre yesterday as Austria’s Pepo Puch and Great Britain’s Sophie Wells were awarded gold medals in the Rio 2016 Para dressage competition.
Sophie Wells, riding Valerius in the grade IV section, scored 74.857% to finish just ahead of Belgium’s Michèle George, with The Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar taking the bronze. This gold medal win for Sophie comes after she has lost out to George at both the London 2012 Games and the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2014.
“It was pretty good. We couldn't have given any more. I'm just so proud of him. We've worked really hard to get there,” said Sophie.
Grade 1b gold medal winner Pepo Puch’s who rode Fontainenoir was one-point clear of Great Britain’s Lee Pearson score, which saw Lee take silver on a score of 74.103%. Bronze position went to Denmark’s Stinna Tange Kaastrup.
"He was really good and I was so happy. With the positive feeling comes the emotion and with the emotion it's not easy to handle the movement in my body. He was helping me. We were working four years for this day. The first day of London was the first day of training for Rio," said Pepo.
Today sees the end of the individual Championship tests with the grades II and Ia competitions. At the moment Denmark currently leads the competition ahead of France and Australia, but with more riders to compete, that could all change.