Taunton dressage rider Deb Criddle takes national championship title

PUBLISHED: 14:18 28 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:49 20 February 2013

Taunton dressage rider Deb Criddle takes national championship title

Taunton dressage rider Deb Criddle takes national championship title

Taunton based Deb Criddle secured the top spot in her disability grade at the Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships 9-12 September 2010.

Taunton based Deb Criddle secured the top spot in her disability grade at the Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships 9-12 September 2010. Riding her own Pavaroti, a German bred gelding by Quavaroti, the two times Paralympian clinched the top spot in grade III of the KBIS British Equestrian Para Dressage Championships with a score of 69.11% from fellow Paralympian Simon Laurens. The two team mates have been locked in fierce battle all season and today Criddle won out to claim the title despite her doubts.

"Things havent always been easy for us," she said of the impressive 12 year old. "Hes easily distracted and not good with other horses but once hes on his own he relaxes. I wasn't so sure we could beat Simon [Laurens] so I'm so thrilled to get the win here today."

Criddle who lost her right arm and the full use of her right leg in a motorcycle accident in 1985, rides with shortened reins and a protective knee pad and also competes successfully in able bodied British Dressage classes up to medium level. The 44 year old is on the World Class Performance Programme which exists to provide Britain's elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR at World, European Olympic and Paralympic level.

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