Para international

A golden history: The British para dressage legend continues!

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Dressage competitions for riders with disabilities started in Scandinavia and Britain in the 1970s with the first dressage world championship held in Sweden in 1987, and para-equestrian dressage riders first took part in the Paralympic Games in 1996. From 2006, para-equestrian dressage became part of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), making it an officially recognised international equestrian sport.

Equestrian Team GBR’s Para Dressage teams have been beaten only a handful of times in recent history, as prolific medal winners, including Sir Lee Pearson, Sophie Christiansen, Sophie Wells and Natasha Baker, became household names. With a new era of para dressage riders making waves on the international scene, the team is looking stronger than ever as old and new stars unite.

Tokyo 2020 is on the horizon! Follow the Team GBR para riders' progress on their way to the Baji Koen arena at the Olympic Games.

Recent Team GBR results

Championship Team Results
FEI European Championships 2019
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O'Hara
Nicky Greenhill with King Edward I
Sophie Wells MBE (V) with C Fatal Attraction
Georgia Wilson (II) with Midnight
Team Silver
Grade II Individual Silver - Georgia Wilson
Grade II Freestyle Gold - Georgia Wilson
Grade V Individual Silver - Sophie Wells
Grade V Freestyle Silver - Sophie Wells
FEI World Equestrian Games 2018
Tryon, USA
Natasha Baker MBE (III) with Mount St John Diva Dannebrog
Erin Orford (III) with Dior UKH
Sir Lee Pearson CBE (II) with Styletta
Sophie Wells MBE (V) with C Fatal Attraction
Team Silver
Grade III Individual Silver - Natasha Baker
Grade V Individual Gold - Sophie Wells
Grade V Freestyle Gold - Sophie Wells
FEI European Championships 2017
Gothenburg, Sweden
Suzanna Hext (III) with Abira
Erin Orford (III) with Dior UKH
Julie Payne (I) with Athene Lindebjerg
Sophie Wells MBE (V) with C Fatal Attraction
Team Gold
Grade I Individual/Freestyle Gold - Julie Payne
Grade III Individual/Freestyle Gold - Suzanna Hext
Grade III Individual Bronze - Erin Orford
Grade V Individual Silver - Sophie Wells
Grade V Freestyle Gold - Sophie Wells
Paralympic Games 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sophie Christiansen (Ia) with Athene Lindebjerg
Anne Dunham MBE (Ia) with LJT Lucas Normark
Sir Lee Pearson CBE (Ib) with Zion
Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Cabral
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Valerius
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Christiansen 
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Silver - Anne Dunham
Grade Ib Individual Silver/Freestyle Gold - Lee Pearson
Grade II Individual/Freestyle Gold - Natasha Baker
Grade IV Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Wells
FEI European Championships 2015
Deauville, France
Sophie Christiansen (Ia) with Athene Lindebjerg
Anne Dunham MBE (Ia) with LJT Lucas Normark
Sir Lee Pearson CBE (Ib) with Zion
Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Sookie St James
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Valerius
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Christiansen 
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Silver - Anne Dunham
Grade Ib Individual/Freestyle Silver - Lee Pearson
Grade II Individual/Freestyle Silver - Natasha Baker
Grade IV Individual/Freestyle Silver - Sophie Wells
FEI World Equestrian Games 2014
Normandy, France
Sophie Christiansen (Ia) with Janeiro 6
Sir Lee Pearson CBE (Ib) with Gentleman
Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Cabral
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Pinocchio
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual Gold/Freestyle Silver - Sophie Christiansen 
Grade Ib Individual/Freestyle Gold - Lee Pearson
FEI European Championships 2013
Herning, Denmark
Sophie Christiansen (Ia) with Janeiro 6
Anne Dunham MBE (Ia) with LJT Lucas Normark
Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Cabral
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Valerius
Individual - Ricky Balshaw (IB) with LJT Engaards Solitaire
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Christiansen 
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Silver - Anne Dunham
Grade Ib Individual/Freestyle Silver - Ricky Balshaw
Grade II Individual/Freestyle Gold - Natasha Baker
Grade IV Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Wells
Olympic Games 2012
London, Great Britain
Sophie Christiansen (Ia) with Janeiro 6
Sir Lee Pearson CBE (Ib) with Gentleman
Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Cabral
Deb Criddle (III) with LJT Akilles
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Pinocchio
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Christiansen 
Grade Ib Individual Silver/Freestyle Bronze - Lee Pearson
Grade II Individual/Freestyle Gold - Natasha Baker
Grade III Individual/Freestyle Silver - Deb Criddle
Grade IV Individual/Freestyle Silver - Sophie Wells
FEI European Championships 2011
Moorsele, Belgium
Anne Dunham (Ia) with Teddy
Emma Sheardown (Ia) with Purdy's Dream
Deb Criddle (III) with LJT Akilles 
Sophie Wells MBE (IV) with Valerius
Individual - Natasha Baker MBE (II) with Cabral
Team Gold
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Gold - Anne Dunham
Grade Ia Individual/Freestyle Silver - Emma Sheardown
Grade II Individual/Freestyle Gold - Natasha Baker
Grade III Individual Silver/Freestyle Gold - Deb Criddle
Grade IV Individual/Freestyle Gold - Sophie Wells

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