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Johnson ends 2012 with second spot on Lord Louis

London Paralympian Philippa Johnson has ended her competitive year on a high note in the Netherlands, writes Mark Etheridge.

Based in Belgium for the bulk of the year, Johnson gave both her horses an outing in the year’s final competition, the CDR Alken event.

“Both boys were competing a level higher,” said Johnson. “Lord Louis competed in his first M3 class which had three flying changes in two to the right and one to the left. Murphy’s Law though, because which are his most difficult changes… the ones to the right!

“But I was very proud of him he jumped all three changes clean, no bucking, kicking or slamming on the brakes! We were second with 65.60% out a class of 10 horses.

“As for Verdi it was his first time in the Intermediate 1 and it was also my first time so very exciting and must say as proud as I was of Lou I was super proud of Verdi, he did a fantastic test. For our first time we rode it completely clean, no mistakes.

“There is still a lot of room for improvement but as Chris [Haazen, trainer] says, we have to be able to ride a clean test first. He finished with a score of 65.26% I would love to say we won the class but we were the only horse in the class.”

Verdi didn’t travel to the London Paralympics, with Johnson and Haazen, opting to take the younger Lord Louis.

“It was a wonderful way to end the year and I must thank everyone for their support as always. The boys and I really appreciate it.”