Sophie Wells

sophie wellsSophie Wells was the first British rider to compete in both para and able-bodied teams at the same time when she rode on noth 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. A year later at the European Championships Sophie returned with three gold medals, in the Team and Individual IV events.

Sophie joined the Para dressage team at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 securing team gold and silver in grade IV individual and freestyle.

A grade IV rider, Sophie 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 has been selected onto the Great British European para dressage championship squad heading to Deauville in 2015 riding her own 13-year-old, Valerius.