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Philippa Johnson-Dwyer

Philippa Johnson-Dwyer

Philippa Johnson-Dwyer represents South Africa on the international circuit as one of our para-dressage riders. She is based in Belgium and has been training under Chris Haazen for 11 years with has numerous wins under her belt, including 2 silver medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and two gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing! She has had her current horse Verdi for 5 years and Lord Louis for 3 years. Her biggest love after animals are her books.

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So many people over the years have asked me why I don’t change countries especially seen I have had so many offer’s. My answer is always very simple, all you have to do is look at the title picture, I absolutely love seeing my flag go up and hear our
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We have just had the first international of the season, the CPEDI3* Genemuiden. Having had a very mild winter Murphy’s law states that the week you go on competition it will freeze!!! But I have to say a hats off to the Zwartewaterruiters it was the first time that they
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Verdi has again done me proud giving me 2 super rides at the CDI4* Roosendaal!! I was a little disappointed with the scores but besides a spook that caused us to fluff our 2’s in the kur Verdi didn’t put a hoof wrong! It was also so nice to have
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Today we had to go to the funeral of a friend, which was beautiful but as expected very sad. I returned to the yard feeling emotionally drained and not quite sure how I was going to get through my lesson on Louis. I had no need for worry Louis gave
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Winter competition has arrived although at the moment the weather is so lovely we could almost forget about the cold, dark months ahead ha, ha!!! Yesterday Louis got to stretch his legs at the CDR Zutendaal. We competed in the M9 and have to admit I finally have the feeling
Benedict in Moorsele, Belgium 2002

Now days if I get the chance to get out into the forest it is usually with either Verdi or Louis which means either Els or Mieke join me with my fabulous Benedict as he plays nanny to the others. This is highly amusing as in his competition days he
Verdi at Heihof '11

Being home in SA is one of my most favorite things but I must say I missed my husband and all our four legged children terribly!! One of the things I love most about being home is the fact that South Africans have such big hearts! I didn’t have long