PARA DRESSAGE: Dunham admits to Europeans nerves
6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Latest News
PARALYMPIC legend Anne Dunham admits she has struggled to fight off 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.
The 64-year-old, 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.
But 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 LJT 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 London 2012.
“I’ve been looking forward to going but at the same time the nerves are definitely there,” she said.
“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 teammates but before we go in to compete, we say ‘may the best woman win’.”
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