Natasha Baker receives OBE from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
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Eight-time Paralympic medal winning rider Natasha Baker was presented with an OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Natasha was named in the New Year’s Honours list following the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, which took place last year, where she won Team Gold and two Individual Silver medals with Keystone Dawn Chorus.
Natasha said, “ It was so such an honour being presented with my OBE by The Princess Royal. We had a lovely chat about horses as you would expect and that made it extra special. It was made all the more personal because she remembered me! Massive thanks to everybody that has made this possible. In my mind I’m still just a girl who loves to ride her pony!”
Following the 2012 London Olympics, when the Great Britain Para Dressage team won a total of 11 medals, including Individual and Freestyle Gold for Natasha, she was presented with an MBE in 2013.
Natasha works tirelessly to change the perception of disability, to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes and to show the world that despite any challenges, incredible things can be achieved.
British Dressage CEO, Jason Brautigam, commented, “We all send our huge congratulations to Natasha on this honour, which is so well deserved. Natasha and all of our Team GB Para riders are great ambassadors, who contribute so much to our sport, and I know we have much to look forward to as we set our sights on this summer’s World Championships in Herning to secure that all-important qualification for Paris 2024.”