AUSTRALIAN Paralympic dressage rider Georgia Bruce won two bronze medals in a strong competition last week in Hong Kong.
Bruce, 27, from Far North Queensland, won bronze in the individual championships and the freestyle in the grade 4 classes, riding Victory Salute.
She has a congenital disability affecting her right forearm, with no thumb on her right hand, and was competing at her first Paralympics.
Bruce said it was a wonderful experience.
"It just feels fantastic because you put in years of hard work and dedication to even get to the Paralympic Games, so to win a medal is really outstanding and makes it all worthwhile," she said.
South Africa's Philippa Johnson won gold in the freestyle with a score of 77.272, with Norway's Ann Cathrin Lubbe on 75.046, and Bruce taking bronze with 74.319. Placings were the same in the individual championships.
Australian equestrian section manager Ken Dagley said the team was "chuffed" with Bruce's medals and described her freestyle ride as "perfect".
West Australian rider Sharon Jarvis was an unlucky fourth in her individual championship test. After a great ride scoring 69 per cent, she was just nudged out of a medal by the last rider, and again placed fourth in the freestyle.
The Australian team of Georgia Bruce, Sharon Jarvis, Victoria's Nicole Kullen and Grace Bowman, of South Australia, finished a very good sixth place in the overall teams score.