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Sheardown leads GB Para dressage medal charge

Emma Sheardown on Purdy's Dream. Pic: Kit Houghton
Sheardown claimed her second medal of the competition

British Para dressage rider Emma Sheardown led a GB medal clean sweep in the Grade Ia freestyle event at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

The 25-year-old from Lincoln, who has cerebral palsy, finished with 78.550% on her horse Purdy's Dream.

Silver went to Sophie Christiansen, who had been hoping for her third gold medal of the competition but could only manage a score of 77.850%.

Veteran Anne Dunham won bronze after scoring 74.800%.

Sheardown won bronze in the individual test on Thursday but suffered disaster when she fell en route to the press conference after the event and broke her two front teeth.

She had to go to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment from an emergency dentist but recovered her composure for her freestyle test.

"I am very happy with that performance," she said. "My horse felt really nice and improved on Thursday's performance as he stayed on a better contact for me."

Christiansen had a few small mistakes during her routine which cost her the chance of gold.

"I stuck to my plan of extra warm-up time but I got quite hot and the pressure got to me a bit," she said. "Three golds would have been nice as I could have shown Lee [Pearson] up! I was quite tired after Thursday but there are no excuses. I'm absolutely thrilled for Emma!"

Dunham, who won team gold and individual silver earlier in the week, was delighted to come away with a third medal of the week on her horse Teddy.

"I enjoy freestyle - it's about the challenge of making things technical and making the best use of your horse without being over the top," she said.

"I've kept Teddy fresh all week by not over riding him and he's performed well in our three tests. I'm sorry my time at Weg is nearly over and this was my last test here. I'm looking forward to the Europeans next year and then London 2012."

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