Riding Sandrino (Spirit of Westfalia x Pavarotti), Barwick lit up the CPEDI 3* Grade III leaderboard starting on Oct. 23 in the Team Test with a score of 72.451% for third place. She and the eight-year-old Westphalian gelding continued to wow the judges the next day in the Individual Championship to the tune of 73.039% for second. Not ones to rest on their laurels, Barwick and Sandrino returned to the ring on Oct. 25 for the Freestyle, once again securing second with a new personal best for the pair of 75.978%.

Lauren Barwick and Sandrino Knock It Out of the Park at the Tryon Fall Dressage 3 CPEDI 3*

The high scores kept on coming for Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Reddick, FL, and Sandrino at the Tryon Fall Dressage 3 CPEDI 3*, held Oct. 22-25, 2020, in Mill Spring, NC.
Photo Credit: Sharon Packer

Barwick and Sandrino’s performance cemented their status as a combination to watch in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, to be held Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. Partnered only since November 2019, the promising partnership has never scored below 69% in FEI level competition.

“Consistent high scores tell me that we’re on the right track to be competitive in the future and we still have 11 months [until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics] to peak,” said Barwick. “Overall, our theme to getting the bigger scores is Sandrino being more uphill and light in the front end, understanding that he can hold it without the use of my legs and not getting overly offended when I touch it with my whip [as a compensating aid]. He has the gaits, mind and engine – now, lightness is the key.”

Barwick added, “Big thank you to: Erin Paul, my groom and assistant rider; Lillie Durbin, my assistant and nanny; Shannon Dueck for training and coaching; Equestrian Canada; and Own the Podium, our funding partners.”

Also making a statement in October was Barwick’s fellow Canadian Paralympian and teammate from the Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games, Roberta Sheffield, who resides in Lincolnshire, GRB. At the Keysoe British Dressage CPEDI 3* in Keysoe, GBR, she and her 11-year-old mare, Fairuza, earned back-to-back third-place finishes: on Oct. 7, they posted 69.147% in the Grade III Individual Championship, followed by an impressive score of 71.154% in the Grade III Freestyle on Oct. 8.

EC wishes to thank Sport Canada for its support of athletes through the Athlete Assistance Program.

For full results from the Tryon Fall Dressage CPEDI 3*, click here. Results from the Keysoe British Dressage CPEDI 3* can be found here. For more information about EC para-dressage programs and services, click here.

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