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PARALYMPICS: Baker’s boosted for dressage test
10:00am Saturday 1st September 2012 in Sport
NATASHA Baker, who trains in Oxfordshire, enjoyed the perfect confidence-booster ahead of her challenge in the individual Grade 2 dressage today.
The 22-year-old recorded the best individual score in the team Grade 2 dressage (for athletes with reasonable balance and abdominal control including amputees) on Thursday – but it counted for nothing.
Baker, who trains at Milton-under-Wychwood with Emile Faurie, was effectively having a practice round on Cabral in the Paralympic Arena as she was not selected for the Great Britain team.
Baker, who scored an average of 76.09 per cent – four per cent better than her nearest rival – said: “I am very happy and so proud of my horse, Cabral, who exceeded my expectations. “It was a good warm-up and to take the lead with four per cent was incredible.”
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