Paralympic gold medallists Sophie Wells and Natasha Baker last month visited their sponsors Black Country Saddles at the company’s Cannock headquarters.

While there the pair were also rewarded for their performances at London 2012, as they were presented with new saddles.

“It was wonderful to have both Sophie and Natasha visit Black Country Saddles and to have the opportunity to talk to them face to face about their brilliant achievements at the Paralympics,” said managing director Mark Bryan.

“They are great ambassadors for the brand and our products, and we are delighted to support them in their efforts to compete at the top of their sport.

“We are pleased that business is continuing at a swift pace and to this end have recruited two new apprentices to the team.”

The team also went through the new bespoke saddles that have been specially made for Sophie and Natasha’s young horses being aimed at Rio.

Natasha rides on a saddle that has been specifically developed as she competes without stirrups.

“The mono-flap style saddle really suits my needs and puts me in the ideal position to ride and train at my very best as I feel so close to the horse,” said Natasha.

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