Former NZ horse wins Para-equestrian gold

Written by on September 2, 2012 in News, Performance with 0 Comments
Australia's Joann Formosa and Worldwide PB.

Australia’s Joann Formosa and Worldwide PB. © Liz Gregg/FEI

Two first-time Paralympians have won gold medals in their respective grades at the London 2012 Paralmypic Games, with one causing quite an upset.

Australia’s Joann Formosa and the hanoverian stallion Worldwide PB won gold in Grade Ib ahead of Lee Pearson, Paralympic champion since 2000, and Grade II British rider Natasha Baker won gold with Cabral.

Of Worldwide, Formosa said: “He’s a stallion which is very unusual for Para-Equestrian sport, but he doesn’t behave like one – even around mares. He’s a real sweetie.”

She bought Worldwide just seven months ago, was competing not only at her first Games, but in her first international with this horse.

The combination dethroned the most decorated Para-Equestrian of all time, Lee Pearson, with an elegant and harmonious performance. Their third place on Thursday had alerted some to her medal potential, but it hadn’t really crossed anyone’s mind that she would be able to take on the big guns – Lee Pearson and Pepo Puch – on only her second international appearance.

Andrew McLean, whose wife Manuela trains Formosa and Worldwide, said: “Well done, Berny and Jutta. Manuela attributed much of the success to the great start in life with you two.”


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• In the freestyle test on September 4, Formosa and Worldwide placed fourth. Trainer Manuela McLean reported: “In the test Jo unfortunately forgot to do one of the prescribed moves (a circle in walk) and was quite heavily penalised of course, scoring 3s whilst her other scores were 7.5 to 8.5 with a 10 for the walk from one judge! So she ended up missing out on a medal and placed fourth. A great achievement none the less.

“Had she done the movement it would have been a silver medal! Julia the team coach,who called her test tried her damndest to call another walk circle but Jo’s ears were on the music and she didn’t hear her. And so we came fourth.”


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