Para-Equestrians Prepare to do Battle for Paralympic Medals
With just a day to go until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 7, para-equestrian athletes from 29 nations are preparing to compete on the world’s biggest stage in a bid for the most coveted medals in the sport.
The list of definite entries is published on the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) website.
The unbeaten Team Great Britain will be looking to retain their team gold once again, and both the nations’ reigning Paralympic Champions return to Rio—Sophie Christiansen in the individual Freestyle Grade 1a and Natasha Baker in the individual Freestyle Grade II—bidding to retain their individual crowns.
Also returning are Michèle George from Belgium, individual Freestyle Grade IV champion, and Pepo Puch of Austria, Freestyle Grade 1b champion. Absent from this year’s entries are both Joann Formosa, also of Austria, winner of individual Grade 1b medal, and Hannelore Brenner of Germany, individual Grade III winner, who withdrew only a few days ago due to an injury to her horse
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