Sophie Christiansen OBE
Rider Sophie Christiansen OBE
D.O.B Nov 1987
Lives Berkshire
Horses

Athene Lindebjerg owned by Diane Redfern

 

Sophie Christiansen OBE

Biography

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 under 25 rider by the British Equestrian Writers’ Association, as well as the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy - which is awarded to the most promising under 25 rider in eventing, dressage and showjumping.

Sophie was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to disabled sport and an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list. 
Outside of her sporting achievements, Sophie also achieved her Masters degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway University in 2012. 

After securing triple gold (team, individual and freestyle) in London 2012, Sophie has since won nine medals for Great Britain, eight of them gold. 

COMPETITION GRADE

Grade Ia

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2015 Senior European Championships: Team Gold, Individual Gold & Individual Freestyle Gold (Athene Lindebjerg)
2014 World Equestrian Games: Team Gold, Individual Gold & Freestyle Silver (Ia) (Janeiro 6)
2013 European Championships: Team Gold, Individual & Freestyle Gold (Ia) (Janeiro 6)
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)