British riders vie for success at 2022 Virtus Para Dressage Championships

Jodie Roberts, ready for action on Brian

Keen to make their mark for Great Britain in the 6th Virtus Para Dressage video championships is  Chris Bradley, Jonathan Kemp, Oliver Peace and Jodie Roberts.

The fab four have been announced as the UK Sports Association (UKSA), British Team competing in Round 1 of this important international video championships.

Filmed in local arena’s each of the four competitors were subject to stringent rules and regulations as they performed FEI Grade 4 tests and under international competitive rules. The event forms part of the evolving performance pathway to Virtus Championships for riders in Virtus class II1, II2 and II3.

Round 2 of the Championships will go live in the Autumn, with riders who have competed in both rounds being able to vie for the overall Championship titles.

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UKSA commented ‘I am delighted once again to see Great Britain represented by these talented riders.  As we continue to grow the sport and raise awareness of the opportunities at a performance level throughout the UK I hope to see the team grow.” 

McCillen continues ‘There is a tremendous amount of work going on to build the pathway and provide more opportunities for elite riders. For the first time, there is a chance of a face-to-face international dressage event later in the year as part of the Virtus Oceania/Asia Regional Games.  I am excited to begin to explore this with the RDA’.

Left to right: Chris Bradley, Oliver Peace and Jonathan Kemp

The 2022 British Team comprises athletes with intellectual impairment (class II1) and athletes with autism (class II3), all competing the performance category. British event entries were prepared in May 2022, with results expected mid-July.

The UK Sports Association and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) are keen to see new athletes enter the pathway in equestrian and continue developing to Virtus events. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved or know a talented rider who has the potential to excel to international level, contact the UK Sports Association. or RDA to find out more.