Paralympics selection disappointment for dressage specialist Sheardown

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BARKSTON para dressage rider Emma Sheardown narrowly missed out on selection to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Paralympic Games in London.

Emma was on the shortlist of nine riders up for selection, of which only five were selected.

Para dressage riders are profiled into five grades according to their level of disability which meant that one rider from each grade will represent Equestrian Team GB.

Emma was classified in the three-strong field of Grade 1A riders, with all three including Emma being European and World multi-medallists. However the selection process meant that only one out of the three was selected – and sadly for Emma, this time it was not to be.

Emma said: “I am very disappointed not to have been selected, but at the end of the day I was so, so pleased with my horse Purdy’s Dream [aka Eddie] who performed so well at both final selection trials, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be.

“It is by no means the end – Eddie and I will now focus on next year’s European Championships in Denmark and the next milestone will be Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”

Emma expressed her thanks to everyone who has supported her in her quest for London over the last four years, especially Karen Thompson, Nicky Webber and everyone at The Paddocks Riding Centre and Kesteven RiDeAbility, and all her loyal sponsors.

Visit Emma’s website at www.emmasheardown.co.uk