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Posted by Kirsty Pasto on 19/10/2019.
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Preparing for Success at the High Performance Para-Equestrian Camps

Over the past three weeks Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Program has been conducting Para-Dressage training camps with a strong focus on medal winning performances at Tokyo 2020.

Riders from across Australia made their way to Evans Park, NSW and Boneo Park, VIC for three days of intensive world class Performance Programming, which included both on and off horse components.

The focus of the camp was to further develop the High-Performance Gold and Green Para Squad riders, and identified Tokyo 2020 potential combinations, to ensure they are as prepared as possible ahead of selection for the Tokyo Paralympic Games next year.

Riders were offered the opportunity to participate in two mounted sessions each day with team coach, and Olympian, Lone Joergensen. 

In addition, NSW based riders had the opportunity for test review and protocol sessions with Sue Cunningham, who will be on the Ground Jury at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year. 

Just as valuable as the on-horse sessions were the off-horse sessions. These sessions consisted of important issues ranging from rule clarification in which riders were able to ensure they were aware of the latest rules, updates and formats.

The riders were also given access to sessions and comprehensive vet inspections with the Australian Team Para-Dressage Veterinarian to ensure the horses are all in peak condition and that horse welfare and management remains the highest priority. 

“There have been a number of beneficial sessions including lessons and test protocols with Lone Joergensen on both Zidane and Lincoln, vet assessments, informative lectures, group discussions, as well as some time for a bit of team bonding. This camp is primarily aimed to prepare us to move forward to Tokyo 2020 in order to give the Australian team the best possible outcome. A big thanks to EA High Performance for giving us these fantastic opportunities” said High Performance Gold Squad rider and Paralympian Emma Booth who attended the Victorian camp. 

 

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