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Paralympic Dressage

2012 Paralymic torch Michele Codd (Homerton 1973)

I am lucky enough to have been selected as a volunteer to be a dressage writer for the Paralympics.  The riders are classified according to the limitations on their physical capability, so the most disabled undertake a set dressage test in walk, while the least disabled complete a more physically demanding test in walk, trot and canter.  

The riders are awe-inspiring - many also compete successfully in able-bodied dressage -and the horses world-class.  As the writer, I sit next to one of the 5 Judges and write the comments and scores given for each movement in the tests.  It's a huge honour to have been selected for the task, and to do it in my own capital city will be particularly special.