Julie Payne
Rider Julie Payne
D.O.B Jul 1962
Lives Oxfordshire
Horses

Athene Lindebjerg owned by Di Redfern

Julie Payne

Biography

Previously an active competitor in endurance and previously eventing, Julie was a regular competitor in dressage and she was classified but soon after she was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in 2013, para-dressage was her chosen discipline.  She describes MSA as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis , Motor Neurone Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome all in one.   She stared as a grade IV but in 2016 was reclassified in 2016 to grade I as her condition is degenerative.

With her chestnut mare Pandora, she claimed the Grade I Winter National Championships in March this year before taking on the ride of Athene Lindebjerg, who claimed a hat trick of Paralympic gold medals in Rio with former rider Sophie Christiansen CBE.

Aboard Athene, the combination posted +75% scores at the recent Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3*, winning both the Individual Championship and Freestyle Grade I tests. The 2017 European Championships will be Julie’s first call-up to the British team.

COMPETITION GRADE:

Grade I