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EQUESTRIAN: Dunham's Denmark butterflies
PARALYMPIC legend Anne Dunham says that she is struggled to fight off the nerves as she prepares to fly out to Denmark to defend her team, individual and freestyle titles at next week’s European Para-Dressage Championships.
Dunham, 64, who lives in Broad Hinton, came back from the 2011 Europeans with three gold medals won on trusted ride Teddy but next week (August 21-25), the Great Britain veteran will aim to do it all again in Herning.
Five-time Paralympic Games competitor Dunham says that there is no danger of her arriving in Denmark in relaxed spirits as she prepares to hand 12-year-old LTJ Lucas Normark his major championship debut in Grade 1a.
“I’m feeling very nervous about going to the Europeans because it’s going to be Lucas’ first time at a big competition, so I just don’t know how he’s going to do,” said Dunham, who missed out on a spot at the London 2012 games last summer.
“I’ve been looking forward to going at the same time but the nerves are definitely there – if I was feeling relaxed about it, then that would mean that I was taking things for granted.
“Lucas is actually a Danish horse, so maybe he’ll like it out there, but I just hope that the judges like him.
“The last Europeans went really well and our biggest rival this year will be Sophie Christiansen – we’re team mates but before we go in to compete, we say ‘may the best woman win’.”
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