Sophie Christiansen is a Para Dressage rider that competes for Great Britain. Born with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, she is in the most disabled category for Para riders, Grade 1a. She went to a normal infant school with a special unit attached, where the visiting physiotherapists took the disabled pupils to the local Riding for the Disabled Association group every couple of weeks. Aged six, she loved to freedom horses gave her and continued riding at different groups.
Aged 13, she got told about South Bucks RDA, who specialised in Para dressage. Having always been quite sporty, finding a sport which she could excel at was exciting. She quickly rose up the ranks and was selected for the World Class Start and Potential Squad in 2002. She then became the youngest rider to compete at a Paralympic Games when she went to Athens in 2004 and won a bronze medal. Since then she has won numerous World and European titles and is current 5 times Paralympic champion.
"Sophie spoke at our school awards evening and I couldn't recommend her more highly. Somehow Sophie managed to be thought-provoking, touching and funny all in the space of one talk. Sophie was happy to answer questions from the audience, proving to be quick-witted and eloquent. Everyone at St Philip Howard School loved her! Thank you, Sophie, for being such an inspiration to us all!"