Team GBR para-equestrian dressage rider and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen has lent her support to a campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
This year, the RDA is marking its 50th birthday with a campaign that tells the stories of 50 amazing people, including riders, volunteers and supporters, who help to make the RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today.
Sophie is one of the 50 Faces because without the RDA, she might never have won her 13 World and Paralympic medals, eight of them gold. After being born prematurely with cerebal palsy, a six-year-old Sophie began riding at South Bucks RDA Centre on the advice of a physiotherapist, who believed in the benefits of riding for children with disabilities.
“I guess riding gave me a sense of freedom, I couldn’t walk or run like the other children but when I sat on a horse I felt free and it kind of escalated from there,” said Sophie. “I was always quite sporty and used to love playing football and hockey but I was rubbish at them and kept falling over. Dressage was the only sport I was good at, so I was determined to see how far I could go.”
Read the full story and discover the RDA’s 49 other faces by visiting their website.