|Ottawa, Ont., March 10, 2015 — Canadian Para-Equestrian Dressage rider, Roberta Sheffield, earned top placings while representing Canada at the invitation-only Al Shaqab CPEDI3*, held March 5–7, 2015, in Doha, Qatar.
Sheffield, who is currently based in Lincolnshire, England, was part of the exclusive list of top Para-Equestrian Dressage riders from around the world invited to compete in Doha.
| Partnered with Double Agent, her eight-year-old Anglo European mare sired by Donnersohn, she had a landmark week, earning second place finishes in all three of her Grade III classes.
“We had a great first test,” said Sheffield on day one of competition on March 5, after earning 70.132% in the Team Test—which was above and beyond her set goal of achieving 70%. “We are so pleased with how Double Agent has coped with traveling and flying and the entire show atmosphere here. She did a sweet, clean test this morning.”
Next up was the Individual Championship Test on March 6, where the pair achieved a score of 69.431%. After completing the impressive ride, Sheffield was happy, but even more eager for their final performance.
“I am so pleased with my horse,” she said. “We made a small, baby mistake. It was an overreaction to the aids rather than something to worry about. I’m looking forward to the freestyle tomorrow. It will be like riding at a rock concert.”
Sheffield’s performance in the final Freestyle test proved to match her enthusiasm, and she capped off the week by riding to her third consecutive second-place finish and earning her highest score of the competition, 72.417%.
“Today Double Agent showed me glimpses of real brilliance. She was on fire,” said Sheffield of her Freestyle performance. “She is still a young horse. I am so excited about the future with her.”
Canada’s Team Coach for Para-Equestrian, Mary Longden, was also impressed with the performance, stating, “This morning’s test was a glimpse into the future. Bert rode super well and Double Agent danced.”
“Thanks to Gareth Hughes (Sheffield’s personal coach) for his wonderful preparation in England,” added Longden.
As for her overall experience, Sheffield was grateful for the opportunity, stating, “A massive thank you to Equine Canada and my sponsors who have made this trip possible, and to everyone else showing their support. It is an amazing venue and I am so pleased that we were invited.”
Longden added, “The organizing committee did a wonderful job and the facilities are the best ones the Para riders have ever seen. There has been great respect for our Para riders.”
For more information and full results from the Al Shaqab CPEDI3*, click here.