Date of Birth
South Bucks RDA
A school trip to her local RDA centre (South Bucks) inspired Sophie to start riding at aged six. Her first major international competition came ten years later - the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, where, riding Hotstuff, she won an individual bronze medal. That same year, she was also voted BBC London Disabled Athlete of the Year.
Aside from her riding career, Sophie used to compete in half-marathons and won the Windsor half-marathon in a self-propelled wheelchair race in 2002.
In 2008, she was awarded the Vivien Batchelor Trophy for the most outstanding rider under 25 by the British Equestrian Writers’ Association, as well as the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy - which is awarded to the most promising rider under 25 in eventing, dressage and showjumping.
Sophie was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to disabled sport.
Sophie recently achieved a Masters degree in Maths from Royal Holloway University in early 2012 and currently works part-time as a statistician
Sophie has cerebral palsy, which affects all her muscles including her speech. She is one of the few British grade Ia riders who is not wheelchair-bound; however she does use an electric scooter to get about as she cannot walk long distances.
2012 Paralympic Games: Team Gold, Individual & Freestyle Gold (Ia) (Janeiro 6)
2011 European Championships – selected but withdrew (Rivaldo of Berkeley)
2010 World Equestrian Games: Team Gold, Individual Gold (Ia) and Individual Freestyle Silver (Ia) (Rivaldo of Berkeley)
2009 European Championships: Team Gold, Individual Gold (Ia) and Individual Freestyle Silver (Ia)
2008 Paralympic Games: Team Gold, Individual Silver (Ia) and Freestyle Gold (Ia) (Lambrusco III)
2007 World Para Dressage Championships: Individual Bronze (Ia), Individual Freestyle Gold (Ia) (Gazel)
2005 European Championships: Team Gold, Individual Gold (I), Individual Freestyle Gold (I) (Martini Maybe)
2004 Paralympic Games: Individual Bronze (I) (Hotstuff)
More information on Sophie can be found on the British Dressage website
Article written by Sophie about how para-equestrian dressage has changed her life