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Johnson back in the saddle and competing again

Paralympian equestrian ace Philippa Johnson is back in the saddle after a spell out with injury and competed in Europe at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

A two-time gold medallist at the Beijing Paralympics, Johnson took part with Verdi at the CDN Hulsterlo competition in Belgium.

“I’m finally back up and riding after the green light from the doctor. It might not have been wise to jump into a national competition after only a week and a half of riding but I couldn’t resist,” Johnson told Road to Rio 2016.

Johnson’s last competition was at the end of March. “The size of the classes were amazing at Hulsterlo. The M9 (advanced level in SA) had 57 horses and they had to split it into two classes.

“In the Prix St George there were 42 horses and in my class, the Int 1, there were 24 horses! I wasn’t thrilled with my ride and think I made too many mistakes but the judges were being generous and we finished sixth with 66.11%! Now it’s time to get back into competition riding,” concluded the Belgium based rider.


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