So­phie Chris­tiansen CBE

‘Mul­ti­ple gold medals’

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So­phie first be­gan rid­ing at the age of six with the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion (RDA). Born with cere­bral palsy, So­phie ini­tially started hav­ing lessons as a form of phys­io­ther­apy. Lit­tle did she know that she’d one day be­come a multi-time Par­a­lympian. “The beauty of our sport is that women and men com­pete on an equal play­ing field,” says So­phie. “Horses are a great lev­eller and it puts men and women of all abil­i­ties on even terms.” She has be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful British dres­sage rid­ers of all time, com­pet­ing in four Par­a­lympic Games on the trot (net­ting eight golds), plus win­ning medals at both Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional level. “Win­ning gold at the Par­a­lympics in Lon­don was re­ally spe­cial,” says So­phie. “Hav­ing 10,000 peo­ple watch­ing was in­cred­i­ble and it’s been great to bring para dres­sage to a dif­fer­ent au­di­ence. “I have a new horse now, called Harry, and I’m aim­ing for the World Eques­trian Games in Septem­ber. The stan­dard of rid­ing has gone up so much re­cently — even since Rio — so it’ll be tough. It’s great that we have so many rid­ers to choose from, though.” To top it all off, So­phie also has a first-class mas­ter’s de­gree in maths from the Univer­sity of Lon­don. She’s a real-life Won­der Woman!

So­phie has achieved huge Par­a­lympic suc­cess

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