Georgia Wilson

Georgia Wilson is a medal-winning grade II British para dressage rider from Abergele, Conwy, in Wales.

Georgia, who was born in 1995, started riding when she was two years old. She has cerebral palsy and it was Georgia’s physio that suggested riding could help with her balance.

Her first pony was a Shetland, named Diana, followed by a pony called Poppy. She grew up as a member of the Flint and Denbigh branch of the Pony Club and the Clwyd Riding for the Disabled Association.

Georgia’s major break-through moment on the international stage came at the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam aboard the mare Midnight, who she co-owns with her parents. Rotterdam was Georgia’s first senior championship and she won freestyle gold as well as individual silver, along with helping the British side to team silver.

She won two bronze medals (individual and freestyle) on her Paralympic debut in Tokyo with the seven-year-old mare Sakura, also owned by the Wilson family, alongside her trainer and mentor Sophie Wells.

Georgia and Sakura were originally named as reserves and received a late call-up to the British squad, following the withdrawal of Sophie Christiansen and Innuendo III owing to a “minor veterinary issue”.

When Georgia left school, she attended catering college with the aim of setting up a farm shop at home on her family’s caravan and holiday house site. As her dressage career took off, the farm shop plan moved to the back burner, but Georgia still enjoys baking in her spare time.