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Para-equestrian team

2017 European Championships

Venue: Gothenberg, SWE
Dates: 21 - 23 August 2017
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Click on the rider's name to go to their Team GBR biog.

Suzanna Hext, Grade III, age 29, based Gloucestershire, with Charlie and Pammy Hutton’s Abira
Erin Orford
, Grade III, age 28, based Buckinghamshire, with Annabel Whittet's Dior UKH
Julie Payne, Grade I, age 56, based Oxfordshire, with Di Redfern‘s Athene Lindebjerg
Sophie Wells MBE, Grade V, age 27, based Nottinghamshire, with Charlotte Hogg and her own C Fatal Attraction

Suzanna is also selected with Henrietta Cheetham and the Lady Joseph Trust’s LJT Enggaards Solitaire, and Sophie with Valerius, both as direct reserves.

Selected Non-Travelling Reserves (in alphabetical order);

Izzy Palmer, Grade IV, age 16, based in West Yorkshire, with Nicola Wells and Sophie Wells’s Touchdown M
Susanna Wade, Grade I, age 50, based in Lincolnshire, with her own D'Artagnan

21 August - Individual test for all grades.
22 August - Team test for all grades.  The team medal will be decided on the best three scores from each nation's athletes on this test only.  Team and indvidual medal ceremony following the competition.
23 August - Freestyle test for all grades.  Top eight to qualify from Individual test. 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Venue: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dates: 7-18 September
Website: www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics

Grade 1a
Sophie Christiansen OBE (28) from Maidenhead, Berkshire with Diane Redfern's Athene Lindebjerg (black, mare, 17hh, 9 years, s. Gribaldi)

Anne Dunham MBE (67) from Devizes, Wiltshire with The Lady Joseph Trust and Henrietta Cheetham's [LJT] Lucas Normark (appaloosa, stallion, 16.1hh, 15 years, s. Ravaldi)

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson CBE (42) from Bagnall, Staffordshire with his own Zion (dark bay, gelding, 17hh, 12 years)

Grade II
Natasha Baker MBE,(26) from Uxbridge, Middlesex with Christian Landolt and Phil & Lorraine Baker's Cabral (dark bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 15 years s. Bujak)

Grade IV
Sophie Wells MBE (26) from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire with her own Valerius (liver chestnut, gelding, 17.2hh, 14 years, s. Flemmingh)

All five riders are on the World Class Programme, which is generously supported by Lottery and Exchequer funding via UK Sport.

All selected riders will contest the Individual and Freestyle medal events in their respective grades. In addition, the four riders to compete in the team will be named on event. The best three scores from the Team and Individual tests combined will count towards the team total.

The British para-equestrian dressage team are the current holders of the European, World and Paralympic team title..


2015 British team - European Championships 
The British team members for the European Championships in Deauville, France:

Grade Ia
Sophie Christiansen and Athene Lindebjerg
Anne Dunham and LJT Lucas Normark

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson and Zion

Grade II
Natasha Baker and Sookie St James

Grade IV
Sophie Wells and C Fatal Attraction

The British team claimed team gold with Sophie Christiansen winning two individual gold medals and the rest of the team earning two silver medals each..


2014 British team - World Equestrian Games 
The British team members for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France:

Grade Ia
Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson and Gentleman

Grade II
Natasha Baker and Cabral

Grade IV
Sophie Wells and Pinocchio

Individual
Ricky Balshaw and LJT Enggaards Solitaire

The team claimed gold with Sophie Christiansen winning a gold and silver, and Lee Pearson earning double gold.


2013 British team - European Championships
The British team members for the European Championships in Herning, Denmark:

Grade Ia
Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6
Anne Dunham and LJT Lucas Normark

Grade II
Natasha Baker and Cabral

Grade IV
Sophie Wells and Valerius

Individual
Ricky Balshaw with LJT Enggaards Solitaire (Grade Ib)

The team won gold with Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and  each winning two individual gold medals. Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells both won two individual silvers and Lee Pearson took home Individual silver and Freestyle bronze.

For full results, please click here.


2012 British team - Paralympic Games
The British team members for the London 2012 Paralympic Games:

Grade Ia
Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson and Gentleman

Grade II
Natasha Baker and Cabral

Grade III
Deb Criddle and Akilles

Grade IV
Sophie Wells and Pinocchio

The British team captured team gold with Sophie Christiansen and Natasha Baker each winning two individual gold medals. Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells both won two individual silvers and Lee Pearson took home Individual silver and Freestyle bronze.

For full results, please click here.


2011 British team - Para Dressage European Championships
The British team members for the 2011 FEI Para Dressage European Championships in Moorsele, Belgium:

Grade Ia
Anne Dunham and Teddy
Emma Sheardown and Purdy's Dream

Grade III
Deb Criddle and LJT Akilles

Grade IV
Sophie Wells and Valerius
Individual rider
Natasha Baker and Cabral - Grade II

The riders brought home team gold with Anne, Sophie and Natasha each winning two individual gold medals, Emma – two individual silvers, and Deb – Individual silver and Freestyle gold.


2010 British team - World Equestrian Games
The British team members for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA:

Grade Ia
Anne Dunham and Teddy
Sophie Christiansen and Rivaldo of Berkeley

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson and Gentleman

Grade II
Jo Pitt and Estralita

Individual riders:
Ricky Balshaw and Academy Award - Grade Ib
Emma Sheardown and Purdy’s Dream - Grade Ia
Sophie Wells and Pinocchio - Grade IV

The British team won gold with Lee Pearson and Sophie Wells both securing two individual golds each. Anne Dunham won Individual silver and Freestyle bronze, Sophie Christiansen Individual gold and Freestyle silver, Jo Pitt Freestyle bronze, Ricky Balshaw Individual silver and Emma Sheardown Individual bronze and Freestyle gold.


2009 British team - Para Dressage European Championships
The British team for the 2009 FEI Para Dressage European Championships in Kristiansand, Norway:

Grade Ia
Sophie Christiansen and Rivaldo of Berkeley
Emma Sheardown and Purdy’s Dream

Grade Ib
Lee Pearson and Gentleman

Grade II
Jo Pitt and Estralita

Grade III
Simon Laurens and Ocean Diamond

Grade IV
Sophie Wells with Pinocchio – Grade IV
The British Para riders once again captured team gold with team mates Lee Pearson and Sophie Wells securing an additional two gold medals each. Sophie Christiansen and Emma Sheardown both took home gold and silver, and Simon Laurens completed the tally with two bronze medals.


2008 British team - Paralympic Games 
The British team members for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong:

Grade Ia:
Sophie Christiansen and Lambrusco III
Anne Dunham and Teddy

Grade Ib:
Ricky Balshaw and Deacon's Giorgi
Lee Pearson and Gentleman

Grade II:
Felicity Coulthard and Roffelaar

Grade III:
Deborah Criddle and Pavaroti
Simon Laurens and Ocean Diamond

The British para riders retained team gold, a title they have held since the competition began in 1996, with Anne Dunham as a team member on each occasion. Lee Pearson won another three gold medals and has an unbeaten Paralympic record, achieving treble gold at every games since 2000. Sophie Christiansen became the youngest para rider to pick up a gold medal aged 21.

 

 


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