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Top 10 finishes for Paralympian Johnson
- Updated: June 17, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Paralympian Phillippa Johnson and her two horses rode their way to top 10 finishes in Europe at the weekend.
The South African, a three-time Paralympian equestrian, took Lord Louis and Verdi to the CDN Massenhoven dressage competition in Belgium.
Lord Louis ended eighth out of a class of 31 in the M10 division with a score of 66.64% while Verdi fared a bit better with fourth out of 26 in the Prix St George with 66.97% (the same score as his test last weekend)
‘The going was extraordinarily deep and I was pleased how both of them coped with it,’ Johnson told Road to Rio 2016. ‘Unfortunately for Louis it did drain his battery slightly. He did a nice test, just lacking that spark that can set him apart.
‘With Verdi the deep going had the opposite effect making him super hot. It has to be said that in the extended canter there were doubts as to if I would be able to stop! He did a good test and I was very disappointed with the score, my judge at C gave him just over 69% the judge at B 64%? The
frustrations of dressage!’
‘Anyway, although not thrilled by the weekends results we live to fight another day.’