Dwyer places sixth in Paralympic dressage

Kilkenny man James Dwyer yesterday claimed sixth place in the grade IV individual dressage championships at the Paralympics in London.

Kilkenny man James Dwyer yesterday claimed sixth place in the grade IV individual dressage championships at the Paralympics in London.

Dwyer – originally from Carrigeen near Mooncoin in Kilkenny, but now living in the USA – rode his gelding Orlando to a score of 68.516%, sixth best of 14 competitors in his class at Grenwich Park. The gold was won by Belgium’s Michele George.

On Friday, Dwyer claimed fourth place in the Grade IV para equestrian dressage competition. The individual championship tests run until tomorrow (Tuesday), where the best three team scores are added to make the final mark.

The Kilkenny man is now ranked number two in the world. He lost his lower right leg at age 17, but it did not prevent him from pursuing his passion for equestrian. He is now one of the 49 paralympians representing Ireland at the London games.