Olympics are a step closer

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Being diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis certainly hasn’t stopped Laura Gulliver from reaching great heights in para dressage.

The 18-year-old flew the flag for Great Britain at the CPEDI 2* held at Bishop Burton, Yorkslast weekend.

She was able to build on her recent success at the Para Home International and Hickstead Championships by scoring over 71 per cent with her horse Dior at their first 2* international competition together which took them into an overall second place.

Laura was diagnosed with arthritis just two years ago, but has risen through the ranks of the sport, and is currently on the para dressage squad of the British Equestrian Federation Talent Excel Programme.

And she is hoping her high scores will help with her quest for selection onto the World Class development programme bringin her Olympic dream a step closer.

She said: “I was so honoured to have been allowed to wear the GB flag and thrilled to have had these opportunities which have given me something to focus on other than my illness.

“I’ve proved we can hold it together in a big atmosphere with lots of pressure.

“Dior is inexperienced at this level and the grade iv tests have lots of quite difficult movements which come up very fast. The grade IVclasses are also hotly contested.

“At the end of March in my first competition, I was unable to get Dior through a test so we really have come along way in a short space of time.”