Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel Take Home Bronze Medal in Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Grade III Championship presented by Elsass Fonden
Herning, Denmark – Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Fla.) and El Corona Texel secured the first medal of the games for the U.S. contingent, bringing home an individual bronze medal in the Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Individual Grade III Championship presented by Elsass Fonden. The duo received a 73.147 percent for third, while Tobias Thorning Joergensen (DEN) and Jolene Hill took gold with a 78.676 percent and Natasha Baker (GBR) and Keystone Dawn Chorus earned silver on a 73.970 percent.
Hart and El Corona Texel, a 2009 KWPN gelding owned by Rowan O’Riley, put on a harmonious display in their Grade III Individual Test, receiving strong marks in their trot work and bringing a relaxed and light presence to the BB Horse Arena. The pair are the most veteran combination on the Adequan U.S. Para Dressage Team for this championship and Hart was pleased with their overall performance on their first day of competition.
“I’m feeling really good about that test. Text can be a little bit spicy sometimes and we’ve been working a lot on his relaxation and getting what we have in the warm-up and bringing that lovliness into the competition arena,” explained Hart. “I really enjoyed the mediums and the comeback today. He stayed there and I took a breath in and he was right there and all of it I could really just enjoy and not micromanage things and it was a really nice feeling. He was so much happier out there and it’s nice to have a happy athlete and happy horse.”