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Royalty opens equine rehabilitation centre in Warwickshire

Zara Phillips unveils the plaque Credit: ITV News Central

Zara Phillips has been in Warwickshire to open an Equine Therapy and Rehab Centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

The Olympic equestrian unveiled a plaque at Warwickshire College's Moreton Morrell site to mark the occasion.

Riding at the college Credit: ITV News Central

The college has built the facility to help out with its courses in equine management, equitation coaching and equine therapy and rehabilitation.

The treadmill in use Credit: ITV News Central

The centre includes the only equine water treadmill in the country, which is used for helping a horse to full movement with only a low impact on the horse.

It also houses a hydrotherapy spa for lower leg treatment, and purpose built stalls for therapeutic techniques.

A horse having hydrotherapy Credit: ITV News Central

Sporting aces become ambassadors for Midlands Air Ambulance

Stoke-on-Trent's Lee Pearson CBE and Carl Hester MBE Credit: PA

Three of the Midlands' most successful sporting elites will today be appointed as ambassadors for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Olympic and Paralympic equestrian champions Lee Pearson CBE from Stoke-on-Trent, and Carl Hester MBE, will today visit the Operational Headquarters at Strensham where they'll be officially appointed ambassadors.

Although unable to attend, Nick Skelton OBE has also been commissioned.

All three Team GB equestrian stars won gold medals in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lee Pearson OBE, Ten time gold medal dressage rider and Honorary Doctorate at Staffordshire University, currently lives in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.


Pearson settles for bronze in gold record attempt

Lee Pearson took his tally to 12 medals in the Paralympics Credit: PA

Staffordshire's Lee Pearson missed out in his attempt for a record-equalling 11th Paralympic gold medal but said bronze was the best he could have hoped for.

The 38-year-old came third in the freestyle dressage, taking his tally at the London Paralympics to a gold, silver and bronze.

He was beaten by the Grade Ib freestyle winner, Austrian Pepo Puch, while Finland's Katja Karjalainen won silver.

Pearson admitted it is probably his last medal with gelding Gentleman who was struggling physically towards the end.

Sophie Well's dad tells of his 'immense pride'

The father of ParalympicsGB equestrian star Sophie Wells from Newark has told Central News of his joy at his daughter's success:

"It's just a feeling of immense pride. This is something we're been working towards for 8 years and today is a culmination of all that toil."

– Mervyn Wells, Sophie's dad

Sophie Wells posted an international personal best score of 75.906% to put herself in a great position to win her first Paralympic medal as part of ParalympicGB's dressage team.

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