Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton Wins Gold in Paralympic Individual Grade 1, USA’s Second Ever Dressage Para or Olympic Gold

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Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton. File photo. © 2021 SusanJStickle.com

TOKYO, Aug. 27, 2021–Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton won Paralympic gold for individual grade 1 Friday, only the second dressage gold  for the United States in both the Paralympics and Olympics.

Roxanne, 36 years old of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and Dolton scored 81.464% for her first Paralympic title.

Rihards Snikus of Latvia on King of the Dance took silver on 80.179% while Sara Morganti of Italy, the reigning world champion, took bronze on Royal Delight with 76.964%.

Roxanne has been world No. 1 para dressage rider on Dolton, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding, since the beginning of 2020.

Tokyo is her second Games, having competed at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Her coach is Andrea Woodard, who rides for the United States but formerly for Denmark.

Roxanne, originally from the Tri Cities of Washington, has been partnered with Dolton for four years. In the past two years, the duo has won 24 of 25 starts.

Her first championships was on Nice Touch at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Four years later, she and Dolton competed at the WEG in Tryon.

CORRECTION: An earlier version reported this was the USA’s first ever dressage gold medalist at a Paralympic and Olympic Games. It was the sewcond–Vicki Sweigart was the first at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta.