U.S. Finishes Seventh at 2012 Paralympic Games
Monday, September 3, 2012
Donna Ponnessa (New Windsor, NY) was the only American to ride on Sunday and gained valuable experience in Greenwich's impressive Stadium. Ponessa finished in sixth place in the Grade 1a Team Test with Wesley Dunham's Western Rose. The pair scored 69.2% in a test that was highlighted by a beautiful free walk and where Ponessa earned high marks for her position.
Ponessa had been hoping for a better performance but nonetheless was pleased with her own and the 9-year-old Oldenburg mare's effort. "We gave it our all but it could have been a lot better. There was some improvement [over the Team Test] and some things we didn't do as well," said Ponessa. "It's a learning process."
The pair returns to the main arena on Tuesday to perform their Grade 1a Freestyle Test, an opportunity Ponessa is excited for. "There's still one more ride left. I'm disappointed in our ride today but there's another day and hopefully I'll be that much more savvy."
In Grade IV competition Belgium's Michele George and Rainman won Gold with Britain's Sophie Wells and Pinocchio earning Silver and The Netherlands' Frank Hosmar riding Alphaville to the Bronze medal. Hannelore Brenner of Germany earned the Gold medal in
Photo: Donna Ponessa and Western Rose (Lindsay McCall)