Brits go for Silver at Hopetoun
1 June 2004

The International Paralympic Committee World Championships for Drivers with Disabilities took place at Hopetoun, near Edinburgh on 27-30 May 2004.

Teams of drivers from Britain, USA, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands took part, with Steven Manyweathers, Judith Ralls and James Marshall making up the combined Great Britain/Northern Ireland team..

The German team took an early lead after the dressage with a team score of 91.0 but Britain were close behind with 107.2 and USA in third place with 112.2. In the marathon phase, Germany were again ahead, with Sweden second and the Brits in third place. Superb cones performances by Judith Ralls and James Marshall gave Britain a much needed boost and placed them in the Silver Medal position at the end of the competition.

The final standings were: Germany - Gold, Britain - Silver, Sweden - Bronze.

In the individual competition, Brenda Hodgson was the winner of the Pairs Class, held for the first time at the Paralympic Championships. James Marshall was 6th in the IPEC Grade 1 Single Horse/Pony class and Judith Ralls was 3rd in the Grade 2 class.

Nine drivers represented Britain - Judith Ralls, James McCrae, James Marshall, Steven Manyweathers, Aileen Neilson, Heather Clark, Lindsey Tyas, Brenda Hodgson and Carol Porter. We would like to congratulate them all on their performances.

The full results of the Championships can be found on this website - CLICK HERE