Para-dressage competition at the ECCO FEI World Championships officially began Tuesday, Aug. 9, with the first horse inspection. All members of the Adequan U.S. Para Dressage Team passed and went on to ring familiarization in the BB Horse Arena in Herning, Denmark.
The riding portion of the Orifarm Healthcare FEI World Para Dressage Championship begins at 8:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. Eastern Time) Wednesday, Aug. 10, with the individual tests for Grades IV, II and I. Three U.S. riders will compete:
Kate Shoemaker and Quiana, and 8-year-old Rheinlander mare the rider owns with Craig and Deena Shoemaker, will be the first U.S. team in the ring, riding in Grade IV at 10:24 a.m. local time (4:24 a.m. ET).
Beatrice de Lavalette and Sixth Sense, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nicholas and Elizabeth de Lavalette, will compete in Grade II at 12:24 p.m. (6:24 a.m. ET).
A medal ceremony will follow the completion of those two grades before the day concludes with Grade I, in which Tokyo Paralympics triple medalist Roxanne Trunnell will represent the U.S. on a new horse, Lehua Custer’s 6-year-old Oldenburg stallion Fortunato H2O, at 6:16 p.m. (12:16 p.m. ET).
The competition will continue Thursday with Grades III and V and the performance of the final U.S. team members, Rebecca Hart and Rowan O’Riley’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding El Corona Texel at 3:14 p.m. local time (9:14 a.m. ET).
After individual competition concludes, the championships will continue with the team competition, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, and conclude with the freestyle on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Watch the competition on FEI TV, which requires a subscription, or follow along on coth.com. We’re live in Denmark to bring you interviews, photos and stories from across the ECCO FEI World Championships, plus full analysis from the competition in the Sept. 5 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.