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Paralympic equestrian silver for Debbie Criddle

By adampostans  |  Posted: September 02, 2012

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Somerset dressage rider Debbie Criddle has won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games.
The 46-year-old, from Trull, near Taunton, claimed the podium position in the Grade III individual event behind German Hannelore Brenner.
Criddle, who lost an arm and 50 per cent use of her right leg in a motorbike accident in 1985, put in a solid display on her horse LJT Akilles to score 71.267.
She said: "He's very sensitive and I didn't quite have the power in my right leg to get him back. There's more atmosphere out there today but that's what you've got to ride with.
"For the mistakes I made it was a pretty good score. I stopped moving my seat and he realised that. That happens and I'm pleased we got it back.
"It's happened and there will be another day although not another London 2012 but I've only had LJT Akilles 18 months. It's a lot to ask."
Criddle won three golds at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

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