|Philip Wright Achieves Success at Lamplight International Para-Dressage CPEDI 3*||| Print ||
June 22, 2009 — Phil Wright of Salmon Arm, BC, secured three top-five performances in the Grade IV classes at the Lamplight International Para-Dressage CPEDI 3*, held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, May 15–17, 2009, in Wayne, IL.
Wright riding Nathan, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Cabochon and owned by Isabel Reinertson, finished fifth in the Grand IV Team Test with a score of 59.286%. The following day, Wright and Nathan scored a 60.860% in the Grade IV Individual Test, for a third place finish. In the Grade IV Freestyle Test, held on the last day of the competition, Wright and Nathan earned a score of 65.909% to claim fourth place.
“Despite the inclement weather conditions, my team of Alice Beatty, Jan Jollymour and Nathan met the challenges and had a wonderful show,” said Wright, who represented Canada at the 2007 World Para-Dressage Championships. “One memorable incident during the show was when I was in the ring, in the middle of my test, an announcement came over the speakers that all riders were to dismount and return to the barns — except for the competitor in the ring who is to complete his test.”
In July, Wright will be a member of the Canadian team at the International Para-Dressage CPEDI 3*being held in Hartpury, UK, and also plans to represent Canada at the upcoming Windreach CPEDI 3* being held near Toronto, ON, in May 2010.
The international judging panel officiating at the Lamplight International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* included Carlos Lopes (FEI O—POR), Kjell Myhre (FEI I—NOR) and Hanneke Gerritsen (FEI O—NED).
About the Para-Equestrian Discipline
In Para-Equestrian, each rider is classified according to his or her functional ability. They are assessed by trained physiotherapists and doctors who evaluate either muscle strength, coordination, or a combination thereof throughout the athlete’s body. The rider is then given a functional profile that indicates the grade in which they can compete. There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade IA representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade IV representing the least severely impaired riders. The competition within each grade is judged on the functional skill of the rider, and not the level of disability.
About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the discipline committee of Equine Canada that is responsible for developing and implementing programs on behalf of the Para-Equestrian community and administrating the high performance program for dressage riders with a disability. For additional information regarding Para Equestrian Canada please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian.
About Equine Canada
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