Equestrianism: Dixon's comeback complete

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KAREN DIXON, who has made a gallant fightback after breaking a leg and damaging knee ligaments last year, has won a place on the Great Britain three-day event squad for next month's World Equestrian Games.

Dixon is the most experienced of the six riders named yesterday, after a succession of problems ruled out all those on the winning team at last year's European Open Championships. She has already ridden in three Olympics and this will be her third World Games.

Dixon will be joined by Kristina Gifford, also a winner at the World Games in 1994. Gary Parsonage's Olympic mount, Magic Rogue, is another great performer across country who has improved in the dressage thanks to lessons with the Olympic rider, Richard Davison. Polly Phillipps on Coral Cove, Anne-Marie Evans on Dutch Treat and the talented 23-year-old Jeanette Brakewell on Over to You complete the squad.

Chances have been weakened by the absence of the European Championship riders: Mary King (expecting her second child), plus Christopher Bartle, William Fox-Pitt and Ian Stark, whose best horses are sidelined through injury.

GB squad, Digest, page 23