British pride as Peace and Bailey lead dressage entry

Great Britain’s Oliver Peace (63.448%) takes 4th place on Bailey in the 2nd Inas World Para Equestrian Championships.

Under the direction of Gemma Hughes at Back Lane Stables, Leeds, Oliver and Bailey secured another entry in the Inas athlete history books as he represented Great Britain as this important event.

Oliver Peace said “I was so proud to ride wearing my special dressage jacket with the Union Jack flag. I was very pleased that Bailey did a great test. My Coach Gemma has taught me lots of things to improve my riding”.

Oliver and his horse Bailey continued their success as the dynamic duo competed in the dressage league, finishing the league as Reserve Champions.

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association said “Oliver set out to at the beginning of 2018 to achieve qualification in the RDA nationals and compete well in mainstream events, all of which he has done. The Inas Championships are a fitting end to a great year for him.”

“I am proud to see Oliver compete for the UK Sports Association and Great Britain. He’s our first Equestrian competitor – long may it continue. We need more riders to come forward, and I hope as Oliver’s successes become more widely known that others will see what can be achieved.”

For prospective riders thinking of entering future competitions Oliver says, “I like doing the Inas equestrian competition because you can ride your favourite horse without going away.  More riders should do this competition so we can make a Great Britain squad to try and win a team prize.”

Peace went on to say “Listen to your Coach and ask them for help if you don’t understand something. Keep practicing to make you a better rider.  New and tricky things get better when you keep on working at them. Don’t get cross and upset, just keep on trying.”

Spain’s Sonia Villalba (71.149%) took gold on Donauzauber, with Australia’s Sui Watts (64.943%,) retaining her silver from last year riding Springfield Festivity. Russia’s Ekaterina Efimova (63.631%) took bronze on Gavana.

The Inas Equestrian Championships is a video entry competition hosted by Inas, the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment. In its second year the event hosted 10 riders across 5 countries.

The video entry event is designed to make the competition more accessible to athletes around the world. Horses were required to wear bandages to indicate the test has not been performed and judged at another competition. Tests were assessed and scored by a panel of International Federation for Equestrian Sport (FEI) Para Equestrian judges. Equestrian was added to the Inas sport programme in 2016 in the form of dressage.

The next event is expected in October 2019.