A total of 15 Norwegian medals over four Olympic Games acts as a warning to those who believe the medals at London 2012 might already be engraved with the names of Great Britain, Germany and Denmark.
After qualifying two riders as individuals, Norway were able to increase their quota and will now be fielding a three-pronged composite team of riders at Greenwich Park. It will include the highly experienced Jens Lasse Dokkan and Anne Cecilie Ore, together with Marianne Muri making her Paralympic debut.
Fifty-one-year-old Dokkan from Oslo has cerebral palsy and has ridden from the age of five when he started in Equestrian sport purely as therapy. His recreational passion turned competitive and he made his debut for Norway in 1992.
Appearing at every Paralympic Games since Atlanta 1996 where he won bronze (Grade I), he claimed the championship silver medal position in Grade I at Sydney 2000 and 1b in Beijing 2008.
Dokkan, whose coach is double gold medallist Ann Cathrin Lubbe, rides his own gelding Leopold. His motto is: 'Nothing is impossible until you have tried it.'
Ore won double gold in Atlanta and double silver at Sydney. Born visually impaired, she was totally blind by the age of 14 and now rides her tests guided by the sound of a whistle.
The 33-year-old is making her third Paralympic appearance and partners her 'best friend' Ballantine.
Completing the line-up is Muri, 33, who is a qualified acupuncturist and hypnotherapist. She rides in her first Paralympic Games following a serious car accident in 2001. Her ride is the Hanoverian gelding Fantastico ('Fanta') whom she describes as a ‘gentleman with lots of personality’.