GB Team Riders win big at the 6th Virtus Para Dressage Video Championships

Chris Bradley and Oliver Peace

The SportExcel UK GB Team put on an impressive performance at the 6th Virtus Para Dressage Video Championships, taking home many honours.

The wait is finally over with the results of the 2022 Round 2 Virtus Para Dressage Championship results being announced.  It’s no surprise to see the names of riders from the SportExcel UK (formerly the UK Sports Association) British Team finishing in the top 10 of their respective events – with Chris Bradley and Jodie Roberts each taking home a first-place finish.

The GB team was made up of a trio of elite riders, whose previous successes speak for themselves. Chris Bradley, placing in the top 10 in the 2021 Virtus Para-Dressage Championships, Oliver Peace placing in the top 10 at the 2020 Royal Windsor Horse Show, and Jodie Roberts, who took first place at the 2021 Virtus World Para-Dressage Championship.

The Team took home several titles against a strong and ever growing international field of riders. British results include:

Class II1 – Individual Grade IV Novice A – Performance level

1st place Chris Bradley

7th place Oliver Peace

Class II3 – Individual Grade IV Novice A – Performance level

2nd place Jodie Roberts

Class II1 – Individual Grade IV Intro B – Performance level

3rd place Chris Bradley

6th place Oliver Peace

Class II3 – Individual Grade IV Intro B – Performance level

1st place Jodie Roberts

 

GB international, Chris Bradley said:

“I’m over the moon to come 1st. I was delighted with 8th in 2021 and thrilled to come 2nd in June 2022 but I didn’t dare to hope that I would ever come 1st. I am fortunate to have a great horse and a great coach who, makes me work very hard.”

 

Jodie Roberts

GB international, Jodie Roberts said:

“It is an amazing feeling [coming in 1st] and I am thrilled to have been able to take part and achieve my ambition and dreams so young.”

 

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, SportExcel UK said

“Our riders are going from strength to strength.  Their hard work and determination is really paying off.  Its a popular sport, is well developed at grass roots level and I hope we can continue to work with RDA and begin to work with British Dressage to see a strong GB Team at the Virtus Global Games in 2023.  Congratulations Jodie, Chris and Oliver on all you have achieved”

 

Round 2 of the 2022 event was a video Championships, with all riders filming in their local areas where they performed FEI Grade 4 tests and were judged under international competitive rules.

The 2023 Virtus Para Dressage rounds will begin shortly and will form part of the selection process for the 2023 Virtus Global Games.

GB team riders now have their sights set on the 2023 Global Games in Vichy, France.

For full results of the Virtus Championships, click here.

For more information on para-dressage contact SportExcel UK