Lynn Seidemann Wins Silver in Grade I at the Paralympic Games in Athens

American Paralympic dressage rider Lynn Seidemann won individual silver in the Grade I Musical Freestyle at the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Aboard Phoenix B, Seidemann scored 76.063% in the musical freestyle. Winner of the class was the British Lee Pearson.

Lee Pearson (GBR) outclassed his own previous perfomances in the Individual Freestyle Test in Grade I.

The judgeswere thrilled by his magical programme and awarded him an amazing 87%.This was arecord-breaking test by the British rider who earnedhis second gold medal in the Athens Paralympic Games and the fifth overall in his incredible career.

"It couldn't be better that what we did today," Pearson said. "I don't think I've ever got higher marksthan 85%! I'm very pleased with my horse. He did an excellent job. I did the ride of my life! I want to thank my trainer who told me to ride Blue Circle Boy strongly."

Pearson, a Leek resident, was the last to execute his programme, but when he went out he was the person of the day. Heperformed after Lynn Seidemann (USA), who was in the lead at that point of the competition.

Seidemann earned the silver medal, which is her first everin Equestrian.She has already won one silverin Barcelona in 1992 in Women's doubles in Wheelchair Tennis. She now joins an elite group of athletes, who have stepped on the medals podium indifferent sports.

Seidemann (USA)got almost eleven points (76.063%)behind Pearson, but it was good enough to award the Texan athlete second place in the competition. "It was a good test," Seidemann said. "We did a lot better thanthe Individual Test. My horse was great today."

Jan Pike (AUS) delighted her fellow countrymen with another solid perfomance. Riding DR Doolittle, she gathered 74.375% to take the Bronze medal to match with the Silver she got in the Individual Championship.

Photo courtesy: NDSA Equestrian

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