Michèle and Rainman gold medal!
Gold medal in the grade IV competition of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
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After the London 2012 freestyle title, Michèle George won her second in a row gold medal in the Para dressage competition of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Friday (16 September).
Belgium’s Michèle George retained hers in the grade IV competition on what was her last championship ride on FBW Rainman, the horse that has taken her to two FEI World Equestrian Games™ titles and three Paralympic gold medals. George beat individual Championship test winner Sophie Wells (GBR) into second place with a score of 76.300% to Well’s 76.350%. The Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar took the bronze.
“I'm overwhelmed at the moment because I really wanted to have that medal – Michèle George said. “I owe this to my horse. He picked me up out of my wheelchair and said, ‘come on, we going to make this work together’. I thought he should stop in beauty. At one moment I was laughing because I knew it was my last ride with him in this big arena, in Rio, in Brazil. It was really a dream come true.”