Checking in with Paralympic dressage riders James Dwyer and Philippa Johnson-Dwyer
Written by: Arabella Clegg
1. How is 2018 going for you?
As always with horses the year has had its highs and lows. One of the biggest disappointments was the fact that I was selected for the World Equestrian Games, but due to lack of funds my federation was unable to send me, and I couldn’t find a sponsor willing to back a Para rider, especially as I was an individual. But as my trainer said, we will stay at home to enjoy our horses and have been able to go to some great shows here instead. James has had some great rides on his mare this year and I have been enjoying the light tour with Verdi.
2. What has been your best result so far?
James has had a couple of wins at regional level and has really started to gel with Fleurette. For me, I have to say that they may not have been my best results for the year, but my best rides were at the Flanders Dressage Event in August.
3. Where are you headed for in the Autumn?
Autumn for us is about keeping the horses fit, trying to get them out in the forest for some head space and preparing for next year’s competitions.
4. Who are your stable stars currently?
For me that would be Verdi. Last year we gave Louis seven months off to learn how to be a horse again as 2016 took it out of him. So, this year we have been working hard on him and once WEG was off the table we thought why rush, it's going so well we will keep our eyes on next year. For James it's always his girl, Fleurette!