A German woman who has no legs and only three fingers on her right hand won gold Saturday at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Germany's Angelika Trabert, an anesthesiologist, and her horse Ariva-Avanti claimed victory in the para-equestrian individual freestyle test Grade II for people who are mainly wheelchair users.
And a man often described as the most successful para-dressage rider in the world — Lee Pearson from Great Britain with his horse, Gentleman — added another gold medal to his collection Saturday in Grade 1-b for the severely impaired.
Trabert topped riders from Netherlands and Great Britain. At 43, she has worked for years to bring more attention to para-equestrians.
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"My motto is that it's the ability — not the disability — that counts," she said in an interview this week.
The competition is divided into grades based on riders' levels of mobility, strength and coordination. The grades range from I-a and I-b for the most severely impaired, to IV for the least impaired.
In the individual championship, the athlete rides a prescribed test. In the individual freestyle, the athlete rides a test in which they perform prescribed movements to music.
Earlier in the week, Pearson also won gold in the 1-b individual championship test and gold in individual team tests with other riders from Great Britain.
Pearson, 36, was born with a birth defect called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which results in deformed limbs. His legs are encased in plastic splints.
The individual freestyle competition continues Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park.