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British Dressage WEG Team Announced

Following the CDI at Aarhus in Denmark, the selectors have announced the dressage riders who will represent Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games, to be held at Jerez, Spain from 11th - 22nd September 2002. They will be: -

Richard Davison (Staffordshire), riding Ballaseyr Stables' 16.3hh bay mare Ballaseyr Royale.
Emile Faurie (Oxfordshire), riding Dr W Bechtolsheimer's 16.2hh chestnut gelding Insterburg.
Laura Richardson (Oxfordshire) riding Mrs V Richardson's 16.3hh dark brown stallion, Millenium .
Peter Storr, (Oxfordshire), riding Mrs M Heintz's 16.1hh chestnut stallion Gambrinus.

Non travelling reserves:

Emile Faurie (Oxfordshire), riding Mrs L Porter's and Mrs H Sawyer's 16.2hh bay gelding Rascher Hopes.
Nickt Barrett (Hampsire), riding Mrs C Butt's 16.1hh chestnut gelding Giorgio S.

Chef d'Equipe: Ian Williams, (British Dressage World Class Performance Manager).

The team combines considerable experience and fresh talent, with all four riders being members of the World Class Performance Plan. Richard Davison has represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games, three European Championships and one previous World Equestrian Games. However, he is not the only experienced member of the 2002 team. Emile Faurie was part of the British Olympic team in 1992 and 2000, he has taken part in three European Championships, and this will be his third appearance as a member of a World Equestrian Games team.

Peter Storr and Gambrinus are the current British Dressage National Champions, retaining their title for the second consecutive year, and were the reserve combination for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Peter competed at the European Championships in 2001 and recently scored over 73% at Moscow CDI.

The youngest member of the team is 26 year old Laura Richardson. Laura was also a member of the European Championship team that finished sixth at Verden in 2001, and she won the prestigious Raymond Brooks-Ward trophy in 2001 for the most promising young rider in an equestrian Olympic discipline.

The Dressage Competition
The Grand Prix will be split into two sections, the first running on Wednesday 11 September and the second on Thursday 12. The three highest scores from each country will count towards the team position. Riders from the top five teams and the top 25 individuals will go forward to ride in the Grand Prix Special to be held on Friday 13th September. The combined scores of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special will decide the team medals.

To decide the individual medals the scores from the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special are combined and the top 15 compete in the Grand Prix Kür on Sunday 15 September. No more than three riders per country may compete in the Grand Prix Kür.

The Preparation
The British Team will be riding in the Grand Prix at Hickstead CDIO, 21 - 25 August, as preparation for the Games. From 1 September the team will take up residence at Richard Davison's yard in Staffordshire for a week of intensive training. The horses will fly to Jerez from East Midlands Airport and the riders from London.

During the World Equestrian Games the British Dressage horses will be transported in luxury. Ketterer are driving one of their brand new horseboxes down to Jerez loaded with team supplies, and will be on hand to take horses to and from the airport, stabling and competition.

The British Dressage Team would like to thank the team sponsors, Spillers Speciality Feeds and Natural Animal Feeds, and other suppliers, supporters and owners.


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