Sophie Wells is one of Britain’s most successful para dressage riders. A grade V rider, Sophie is the reigning world champion in her category, having won gold with her current top horse C Fatal Attraction at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, in 2018.
Sophie Wells was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which is an unusual condition of foetal development in which fibrous bands of tissue that originate from the amniotic sac encircles and constrict certain foetal areas, in Sophie’s case it has affected her feet, ankles and hands, resulting in the loss of a number of her fingers.
Sophie was the first British rider to compete in both para and able-bodied teams when she rode on the junior able-bodied team and para dressage team at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. She also went on to compete on the able-bodied European young rider dressage team in 2011.
Sophie received an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list, topping-off a fantastic year that saw Sophie take team gold, and two individual silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games riding Pinocchio. At the Rio Paralympics in 2016, Sophie won team and individual gold riding Valerius.
As well as para dressage, Sophie competes up to grand prix level in able-bodied dressage, and won the national winter prix st georges freestyle title in 2017 riding C Fatal Attraction.