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Philippa ends fifth

By Mark Etheridge

Double Paralympic gold medallist in 2008, equestrian ace Philippa Johnson has ridden to another strong showing in her build-up to the London Paralympics later this year.

The Belgian based rider competed at the CDN Zandhoven (an able-bodied competition) at the weekend. “Being April it was the first of our summer competitions which means we are back to competing outdoors,” Johnson told Road to London 2012.

“Verdi, I think was feeling the joys of spring and was extraordinarily strong. This is still the one place I need to learn the most with him, how to ride him at his best even though he gets that strong.

“We made one very silly mistake in our three time changes which was completely rider error but besides that a clean test.”

The result was most encouraging for the rider/horse combination. “We finished fifth with 66,77% out of a class of 24 horses. My goal for the day was to try get my 67% but unfortunately my one silly mistake cost me my goal.”

Next up for the two is the CPEDI Moorsele event, also in Belgium. “We leave on Wednesday so it was a nice warm up,” concluded Johnson.