- Pace bounces back with strong finish in Thailand
- Blitzboks take it easy before Las Vegas Sevens
- Maripa bags first title of the year in Bolton
- England wrap up Summer Series with 2-0 win against SA
- Five more Meet records at SA Grand Prix
- Fichardt nails 15th Sunshine Tour win at Joburg Open
- SA duo struggle at Tokyo Marathon
- Le Clos leads the way at SA Grand Prix in Stellenbosch
- SA women lead but go down to England in Summer Series
- Rain delay shortens Joburg Open still further
Philippa’s solid showing
- Updated: November 15, 2011
Paralympic equestrian rider, Phillipa Johnson had another solid showing on the international circuit this weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Riding Verdi she competed at the CDN Zandhoven dressage event in Belgium and ended eighth out of a class of 17 with a score of 64.60%.
“I’m pleased to report that it was much better than last week,” Johnson told Road to London 2012. “Verdi had a few issues about light under the door at A but besides that we rode a clean test. That was my goal, as I said to Chris [Haazen, her trainer], once we can ride a clean test we can start looking at dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”
Johnson also gave testimony to the success of SASCOC’s OPEX high performance support system for prospective Olympic and Paralympic medallists. “It’s a big difference. What took me six years to achieve with Benedict [her previous horse], I have achieved in seven months with Verdi.
“Yes, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this bit of work but it’s also very much due to the funding.”