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'I've loved it all' - Gold medalist Anne Dunham retires

The 19-time gold medalist Anne Dunham OBE has announced her retirement from the sport, she said it was a “hard decision” but that she knows it is the right one.

Anne from Wiltshire has had a career spanning over 23 years, in which she has won 10 Paralympic Games medals. The 68-year-old helped Great Britain defend their team title in Rio last summer, where she also brought home two individual silver medals helping the country's equestrian team to their most successful Games to date.

Anne won two silver medals at Rio last summer.

Anne has decided not to compete in the next Paralympic Games - Tokyo 2020 is next - as she would like to "give others a chance".

This has been a hard decision, but I know it is right because I don’t want to start with a new horse and then have to part with him; Tokyo is four years away and I’ll be in my 70’s then and it’s time to give others a chance.

I’ve loved it all, it’s been exciting, I’ve met some wonderful people and have travelled the world; I’ve done things I would never imagined I would have done. Horses and dressage has given me a varied and happy life.

– Anne Dunham OBE

Overall Anne has amassed an impressive 32 championship medals for Great Britain. She was originally misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis before discovering that she suffered from dystonia - a neurological condition - in 2011.

Earlier this month Anne was honoured at Buckingham Palace, where she was made an OBE.

She has spoke highly of the support she has received from friends and family.

I must thank Pammy Hutton from Talland, who has been with me on this rollercoaster of a ride, supported me, helped me with owners and horses, trained me and become a great friend.

My daughter Amber, who has groomed for me since 2000, travelled the world with me and given up her time to support me – I wouldn’t have had the success I have achieved if we hadn’t been on this journey together, and for the last few years, my sister Gill, who has travelled with us and has helped generally keeping me in order.

World Class and the Lottery have made it all possible for me, as they have for so many other athletes, and have helped to take us to the height we are at now. Thank you to all the Lottery players who have made this all possible.

– Anne Dunham OBE

Para-Equestrian Dressage Performance Manager Sarah Armstrong praised Anne for her "dry sense of humour and immense whit coupled with her depth of knowledge in all things equestrian", saying it has been a privilege to work alongside her.

British Dressage’s Chief Executive, Jason Brautigam paid tribute to Anne's "immense contribution to para-equestrian dressage over the past two decades which cannot be under-estimated"