Home advantage for Para equestrian stars

British and German riders lead fields at Hartpury and Uberherrn. 05 Jul 2017
A female rider puts her finger to her lips

Germany's Hannelore Brenner is a multiple Paralympic and world champion

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By Robert Howell | For the IPC

The host nations of Great Britain and Germany are expected to dominate their respective three-star Para equestrian competitions this week.

Double Rio 2016 champion and multiple world and European medalist Sophie Wells leads a team of more than 20 up-and-coming British riders at the annual British Festival of Dressage in Hartpury, Great Britain. Nicky Greenhill and Erin Orford are two of the young contenders to watch out for, with both hoping to impress the British selectors ahead of this year’s Longines International Equestrian Federation (FEI) European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Riders from Spain, Ireland, Hong Kong and the US Virgin Islands complete the line-up at Hartbury, which runs from Wednesday to Friday (5-7 July).

Over in Germany, multi-Paralympic, world and European champion Hannelore Brenner is the big home favourite at the Uberherrn competition this weekend (7-9 July). Brenner heads a strong contingent of German riders including Rio 2016 bronze medalist Stefan Zeibig, as well as previous major medal winners Elke Philipp and Angelika Trabert.

Also competing in Germany are world and Paralympic champion Michele George from Belgium, Singapore’s Laurentia Tan, and Brazil’s Rio 2016 double bronze medal winning Sergio Oliva, part of a team of four Brazilian riders.