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EQUESTRIAN: Sutton third at British Championships
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
WANBOROUGH paradressage star Alex Sutton and his mount Da Vinci II competed at the British Dressage National Championships last Friday, securing third place in the Grade 2 Para Class.
Only the top four qualifying horse and rider combinations from each Grade are eligible to ride at the finals, and Sutton faced a field which included Natasha Baker, the Paralympic and European gold medalist, and Erin Orford, a nominated Paralympic rider for 2012.
Given the competition Sutton was delighted with his third-place finish which rounded off a very successful year on a personal level following victories at the Restricted Winter Championships and Summer Championships at Hickstead.
Sutton, a member of the BEF World Class Programme which supports riders progressing through the levels of the GB Team, is targeting a place at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and is therefore on the lookout for another suitable horse with impressive walk and trot paces.
Anyone interested in helping out the 21-year-old should visit www.alexsutton.net for more information.