Team USA shine in the Paralympic Equestrian events
So, the London 2012 Paralympics are in full swing and have continued right where the Olympics left off providing much excitement so far.
However, there are two finals remaining, in the Ind. Freestyle Test - Grade III, and the Ind. Freestyle Test - Grade Ia. Team USA has one athlete competing, and we wish Donna Ponessa the very best of luck!
With regard to previous contestants it was Jonathan Wentz who came the closest to a podium finish, when he ended the Ind. Championship Test - Grade Ib in fourth place with a score of 70.348. The gold in this event was won by the Australian athlete Joann Formosa with a score of 75.826. Wentz also came close in the Ind. Freestyle Test - Grade Ib when he finished fifth with a score of 73.000, which was agonisingly close as the bronze medal score, achieved by Lee Pearson of Great Britain, was 74.200.
Team USA's Rebecca Hart finished fifth in the Ind. Freestyle Test - Grade II with a score of 73.250 but the winner of the gold in this event was Natasha Baker, who achieved a score of 82.800. Fifty six year old Dale Dedrick also competed in the Ind. Freestyle Test - Grade II and managed to finish in 10th spot with a score of 69.150.
Hart and Dedrick were also both in action in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade II which took place on Sat 1st September 2012, with Hart finishing in 11th with a solid score of 68.286 and Dedrick finishing in 17th with a score of 64.619.
Donna Ponessa took part in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade Ia on Sunday 2nd September 2012 and finished in sixth place with a score of 69.200. This event was won by Team GB’s Sophie Christiansen, who achieved a score of 82.750.
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