Celebrate National Paralympic Day 2015 *PICTURES*

  • The British para dressage riders dominated London 2012, bringing home 14 medals in total — five individual gold, five individual silver, one bronze and team gold — and making it Britain’s most successful games ever.

    And to celebrate the magic of those games, the British Paralympic Association introduced National Paralympic Day, now in its third year, which is being celebrated across the country today (26 July, 2015).

    Take a look back at some of those glory moments from Greenwich…

    Sophie Christiansen

    Individual Freestyle - Grade Ia - Dressage - London 2012 Paralym
    Time to celebrate: Sophie Christiansen is the first British Paralympian in 2012 to win three gold medals

    Sophie Christiansen

    Individual Championship Test - Grade Ia - Dressage - London 2012
    Britain’s Sophie Christiansen, who took gold with Janeiro 6 in the grade Ia individual competition, embraces Singapore’s Laurentia Tan, who took bronze with Ruben James 2.

    Sophie Wells

    Individual Freestyle - Grade IV - Dressage - London 2012 Paralym
    Sophie Wells poses with a union flag to celebrate her silver medal in the grade IV individual freestyle, with Pinocchio. “He’s got such power and gives you an amazing feel,” she said about her ride.

    Continued below…

    Deb Criddle and LJT Akilles

    Individual Freestyle - Grade III - Dressage - London 2012 Paraly
    Soaking up the atmosphere at Greenwich: Deb Criddle and LJT Akilles take silver in the grade III freestyle competition.

    Lee Pearson and Gentleman

    Team Test - Grade Ib - Dressage - London 2012 Paralympic Games
    Umbrellas at the ready: Lee Pearson CBE and Gentleman brave the rain  in the team test.

    Natasha Baker

    Individual Championship Test  - Grade II - Dressage - London 201
    Grade II individual gold medalist Natasha Baker takes a lap of honour at Greenwich Park. “This is the most incredible feeling in the world,” she said. About her ride Cabral she added: “He’s just the best horser ever, a dream.”

    Natasha Baker

    Individual Championship Test  - Grade II - Dressage - London 201

    Savouring the moment: Natasha Baker with her gold medal. “It’s so heavy!” she exclaimed at the time. “I nearly fell over when they put it on me.”

    Bring on Rio 2016 — only 409 days to go…

    Find out more about National Paralympic Day at paralympics.org.uk/npd2015

    Don’t miss our feature about how para dressage riders make it work in the 13 August issue of Horse & Hound magazine

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