In January of 2020, Roxanne Trunnell turned heads after earning three consecutive scores above 80 percent, which boosted her to the No. 1 spot in the Fédération Equestre Internationale individual world rankings for para-dressage. The first U.S. para-dressage rider to achieve World No. 1 standing, Trunnell—already a bronze-medal winner from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina)—then turned her attention towards earning a team berth for the Paralympics in Tokyo.
While the Games were postponed until 2021, Trunnell, 35, wasted none of her training time. At her second competition of the 2021 winter season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, held March 12-14 in Wellington, Florida, she not only continued her win streak, but she also did so in record-breaking fashion when she earned an 83.50 percent in her freestyle aboard Dolton, Karin Flint’s 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Danone I—Lady, Londonderry).
“It feels great to break a world record,” Trunnell said. “Dolton is a very nice horse, and I am proud of him.”
Click below to watch their record-breaking test, courtesy of AGDF: