The heat has been hard to beat in Deodoro, the equestrian heart of the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the best of the best are rising to the challenge with mighty force.
Now that the Olympics have finished, the Paralympic athletes get there chance on the world stage. Some would argue that the stories and achievements of these athletes far outweigh those of their able-bodied counterparts - and I would admit to being one of those people.
The past 3 days have seen some great action in the Dressage ring, with Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lubbe taking the first lead on Sunday, earning the top spot in the grade III team test - made all the more impressive considering the racket coming from exploding fireworks from a nearby town! Viva Brazil…
“I had a marvellous ride what with the noise and everything,” she said. “My trainer had told me to ignore everything and just ride, so I just rode. But he’s a very good horse too.”