Russia and Finland have announced their team members for this year’s International Equestrian Federation (FEI) European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships, which will be held 17-20 September in Deauville, France.
London 2012 silver medallist Katja Karjalainen will lead the charge for Finland, competing in the grade Ia category. Karjalainen will be joined by Jaana Kivimaki (grade Ib) and Teija Kurikka (grade II). Finland will also field two of the youngest competitors at in Deauville, with grade III rider Kaisla Osara taking to the arena just days before her 18th birthday, and grade IV’s Jessica Kerttunen just after she turns 18.
Russia has been making steady progress in the sport over the years. On paper at Deauville, they have a chance to win a medal with grade IV rider Natalia Martynova, who has picked up a number of first and second-place finishes at international competitions this season.
Natalya Zhavoronkova will join Martynova in grade IV category. Marina Vinogradova will take part in the grade Ia competition, and Nina Anufrieva will represent Russia in the grade Ib.
The Championships will decide the final European team allocations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Katja Karjalainen – grade Ia
Jaana Kivimaki – grade Ib
Teija Kurikka – grade II
Kaisla Osara – grade III
Jessica Kerttunen – grade IV
Natalia Martynova – grade IV
Natalya Zhavoronkova – grade IV
Marina Vinogradova – grade Ia
Nina Anufrieva – grade Ib
For more information on the 2015 European Para-Equestrian Championships, visit the FEI’s website.