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Johnson buoyed by Lord Louis’ progress in Belgium
- Updated: April 16, 2014
Three-time Paralympian Philippa Johnson is making good progress with her mount, Lord Louis and he has moved up a gear, writes Mark Etheridge.
Johnson took Lord Louis to his first CSN competition, the CDN Zandhoven in Belgium, where she is based for most of the year.
Lord Louis went on to finish 10th in the M10 class and, but for a few mistakes, could have been a lot higher.
But far from being disappointed, Johnson, seen here with former mount Benedict, is extremely encouraged by the progress shown by her steed.
“I was very pleased with Lou, it was a big show, a lot to see and be distracted by but he stayed with me. We only had two big mistakes but unfortunately they were costly ones,” she rued.
“I can’t begin to tell you the amount of blood, sweat and tears it has cost me trying to teach Lou his flying changes but they are really starting to be good, too good as it turned out!
“Our one movement was to ride three changes on the diagonal. So Lou decided to show the judges what beautiful changes he could do and promptly did about five on the diagonal.”
And as alluded to earlier, Johnson took heart from Lord Louis’ impulsiveness. “I couldn’t be cross because they were all absolutely fabulous changes.”
There were 32 horses in the class and Johnson and Lord Louis finished seventh with 67%. “This is where our mistake cost us as the horse in third scored 67.92%. But for his first time in front of the national judges I was very happy,” concluded Johnson.