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Jersey's Simon Laurens to retire from dressage

Simon Laurens
Simon Laurens on his way to individual silver at Beijing 2008

Jersey rider Simon Laurens has announced his retirement from international para-equestrian dressage.

The 43-year-old has been part of Great Britain's World Class Performance Squad since 2006, winning gold at European, world and Paralympic level since then.

Laurens said: "It has become increasingly difficult for me to carry on in the current global climate.

"I intend to remain involved in the sport and help promote para-equestrian dressage in future."

He added: "I am very grateful for all the support I have received from my friends, family, coach and the World Class Programme."

The British Equestrian Federation's performance director, Will Connell, paid tribute to Laurens's impact on the sport.

Connell said: "Not only has Simon proven himself an outstanding athlete, winning medals for Team GBR at Paralympic Games, European and World level, Simon is also a fantastic Team member.

"He gives freely of his time to help promote the sport and encourages others to try riding.

"He always has a smile on his face and a ready quip that helps maintain a very positive and enjoyable team atmosphere."

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