Sophie Christiansen

Rider Profile

Sophie Christiansen
November 1987
Farnborough, Hampshire
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A school trip to her local RDA centre (South Bucks) inspired Sophie to start riding at age six. Her first major international competition came ten years later – the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, where she won an individual bronze medal. That same year, she was voted BBC London Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Aside from her riding career, Sophie used to compete in half-marathons and won the Windsor half-marathon in a self-propelled wheelchair race in 2002. In 2008, she was awarded the Vivien Batchelor Trophy for the most outstanding under-25 rider by the British Equestrian Writers’ Association, as well as the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the most promising under-25 rider in dressage, eventing, para dressage and showjumping.

Sophie was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to disabled sport and an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list. Outside of her sporting achievements, Sophie achieved her Masters degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway University in 2012. 


Sporting Achievements

Date Event Horse Medals
2016 Paralympic Games Athene Lindebjerg Team, individual and freestyle gold
2015 Senior European Championships Athene Lindebjerg Team, indiviual and freestyle gold
2014 World Equestrian Games Janeiro 6 Team and individual gold, and freestyle silver
2013 European Championships Janeiro 6 Team, individual and freestyle gold
2012  Paralympic Games: Team Gold, Individual & Freestyle Gold (Ia) Janeiro 6 Team, individual and freestyle gold
2010 World Equestrian Games Rivaldo of Berkeley Team and individual gold, and freestyle silver
2009 European Championships Lambrusco III Team and individual gold, and freestyle silver
2008 Paralympic Games Lambrusco III Team gold, individual silver and freestyle gold
2007 World Para Dressage Championships Gazel Individual bronze and freestyle gold
2005 European Championships Martini Maybe Team, individual and freestyle gold
2004 Paralympic Games Hotstuff Individual bronze