International Women’s Day – Friday 8 March 2019
Equestrian sport is one of the few sports where the majority of participants are female (74% BETA National Equestrian Survey, 2015). 84% of coaches/instructors are female and between 2012 and 2015, 91% of equestrian education courses undertaken were by women.
We are incredibly proud of our female athletes, just look at Charlotte Dujardin CBE – the most successful British dressage rider in the history of the sport. Charlotte was the first British dressage rider to simultaneously hold Olympic, World, European and World Cup titles. Sophie Christiansen CBE has an astonishing eight Paralympic gold medals and came fifth, with over 40,000 votes, at the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year, finishing as the top female and top Paralympic athlete at these awards. In 2018 Ros Canter was crowned eventing World Champion aboard Allstar B and led Great Britain to the team gold medal.
To celebrate International Women’s Day we found out from five times Paralympic dressage Champion Natasha Baker and triple European Para-Dressage gold medallist Suzanna Hext who inspires them.