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Blind Rider Fights Paralympic Rule Change

December 16, 2015

A partially sighted dressage rider says a new rule that she must wear a blindfold to compete in the Paralympics is “treacherous”.

Verity Smith from Gloucestershire had hoped to win gold for Team GB at next year’s Paralympics but a new ruling means riders would have to compete blindfolded.

Her coach, Olympic dressage gold medallist, Laura Tomlinson, said she competes at an extremely high level and does “a phenomenal job”.

BBC Points West Alistair Durden reports.


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