Team USA Wins Historic Medal in Team Dressage Equestrian Event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Published 08/30/2021, 8:49 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Equestrian – Dressage Team Test to Music – Grade I – Equestrian Park, Tokyo, Japan – August 28, 2021. Roxanne Trunnell of the United States in action REUTERS/Thomas Peter


The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 are another sporting event where the USA looks to dominate. Carrying a strong contingent of 242 athletes, they will look to showcase their talents in Japan. Despite China leading the medals tally by winning 53 gold medals, the US comes in third place with 17 gold medals. Likewise, to add that list, the US equestrian team won the bronze medal in the team dressage competitions.

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Notably, this becomes the first time that the US equestrian team won a medal in the team dressage competition. A quite remarkable achievement.

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Team USA wins first-ever team dressage medal at Paralympics

The bronze marked the second medal victory for the US equestrian team in this year’s Paralympics.

The team comprising Roxanne Trunnell, Rebecca Hart, and Kate Shoemaker delivered a magnificent performance in Tokyo to give them a historic victory. Likewise, Trunnell won the gold medal in the individual test grade I. Significantly, she became the first American to win a medal in the competition since 2004 while also becoming the first gold medal winner from the USA since 1996.

Moreover, the team dressage event was set to music for the first time in the competition’s history. No other nation is as dominant as Great Britain in this competition having won again with a score of 229.905. The Netherlands took home the silver with a score of 229.249 while the USA won bronze by setting a score of 224.352.

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Rebecca Hart jubilant after equestrian medal

Rider Rebecca Hart could not contain her excitement as she spoke about her achievement after the victory.

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“To be able to finally after so many years get to stand on that podium as a country, it’s so fulfilling. It’s a lifelong dream that has just come through.”

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Equestrian – Dressage Team Test to Music – Grade III – Equestrian Park, Tokyo, Japan – August 28, 2021. Rebecca Hart of the United States on her horse El Corona Texel competes REUTERS/Thomas Peter

“Only having three of us and knowing there wasn’t a drop score meant every single movement counted. And then today coming in as the last rider for my team, I just needed to go in there and get it for them,” said Hart.

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The victory comes as a significant achievement for the USA at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. The individual dressage freestyles take place on Monday. The onus is on Team USA to win another medal. Do you think they will?

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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