Natasha Baker MBE is a Britsh para dressage rider who won two golds at the London 2012 Paralympics. The 25-year-old set a Paralympic record in London with 82.8%. Natasha competed at the World Equstrian Games (WEG) 2014 and secured team gold with the British para dressage squad and silver in the grade II individual.
Natasha, from Uxbridge in Middlesex, decided on her equestrian career after watching the Paralympic Games on TV in 2000, and she announced to her parents that that was what she wanted to do.
Natasha made her senior Championship debut in 2011, when she represented Great Britain as an individual at the European Championships. Here she won two individual gold medals.
At the end of 2012 she was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list.
A grade II para rider, Natasha has transverse myelitis (inflammation of a section across the spine), which she contracted when she was 14 months old and the nerve damage is permanent, leaving her with a severe weakness and the inability to feel her legs.
She uses a stick to walk short distances and her electric scooter, bright pink and named Jordan, for longer distances.
Natasha has received the call-up to represent Great Britain at the 2015 European para-dressage Championships to be held in Deauville.
Here she will ride Sookie St James, a seven-year-old mare owned by Christian Landolt and Mr and Mrs Baker.