Anne Dunham OBE

Anne recalls having always been around horses and joined the Horse Ranger Association as a young girl. During her school years, Anne used to work at a local stable in her spare time and, by the time she was 16, she was helping to run a yard of 80 horses at weekends. It wasn’t until she was 40 and her husband sold his business that she finally became a horse owner and had the opportunity to compete. They bought a farm in Wales and turned it into a holiday home and riding school.

Anne made her Paralympic debut in 1996 when the sport first joined the programme and in 2003 she was awarded the British Dressage Outstanding Contribution Award for her services to Paralympic dressage.

Representing GB at five Paralympic Games, Anne has won multiple Paralympic medals, most recently at Rio 2016 where she won silver in both of her individual competitions and gold in the Team event, all on LJT Lucas Normark.

In the Team event, Anne's contribution to performances by team-mates Sophie Wells MBE, Natasha Baker MBE and Sophie Christiansen CBE ensured that ParalympicsGB remain unbeaten in the Team event since the sport’s first outing at Atlanta in 1996.

In total, the ParalympicsGB equestrian riders won 11 medals and seven gold, beating their London haul. 

Away from Paralympic competition, Anne has won 20 gold as well as countless silver and bronze medals at World, European and Paralympic level - most recently securing Team Gold and two Individual Silver medals at the 2015 European Championships in Deauville.

She was awarded an OBE for her services to Equestrian sport in the 2017 New Year Honours and announced her retirement in March 2017.

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Team
Gold
2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Individual (Ia)
Silver
2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Freestyle (Ia)
Silver
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Team
Gold
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Individual (Ia)
Gold
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Freestyle (Ia)
Silver
2004 Athens Paralympic Games
Team
Gold
2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
Team
Gold
1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
Kur Trot (II)
Bronze
2015 Senior European Championships, Deauville, France
Team
Gold
2015 Senior European Championships, Deauville, France
Individual (Ia)
Silver
2015 Senior European Championships, Deauville, France
Freestyle (Ia)
Silver
2013 Senior European Championships, Herning, Denmark
Team
Gold
2013 Senior European Championships, Herning, Denmark
Individual (Ia)
Silver
2013 Senior European Championships, Herning, Denmark
Freestyle (Ia)
Silver

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