Olympic & Paralympic Disciplines Para-Equestrian Dressage

Rider Natasha Baker

D.O.B December 1989

Lives Middlesex

Personal Website www.natasha-baker.com

Natasha Baker Biography

Competition Grade

Grade II

Natasha has been surrounded by horses all her life and began riding at her local RDA (South Bucks). After watching the Paralympic Games on TV in 2000, she announced to her parents that that was what she wanted to do. Natasha achieved her goal in 2012, when she competed at the London Paralympic Games, winning double individual gold (grade II).

Natasha made her senior Championship debut in 2011, when she represented Great Britain at the European Championships. After producing two great tests, Natasha returned with two individual gold medals.

Natasha was part of Team Visa, a sponsorship programme that helped the best young athletes in Europe as they strive to fulfil their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. 16 UK athletes were selected and mentored by former Olympic and Paralympic Champions and given the wisdom and motivation needed to train, qualify and win medals at an international level; Natasha’s mentor on the programme was triple Olympic Gold medallist, Sir Steven Redgrave.

Natasha was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list.

Disability

Natasha has transverse myelitis (inflammation of a section across the spine), which she contracted when she was 14 months old and the nerve damage is permanent, leaving Natasha with a severe weakness and the inability to feel her legs.

She uses a stick to walk short distances and her electric scooter, bright pink and named Jordan, for longer distances.

Championship history

2012 Paralympic Games: Individual and Freestyle Gold (II) (Cabral)
2011 European Championships: Individual and Freestyle Gold (II) (Cabral)
2010 World Equestrian Games - Reserve (Cabral)