At Rio 2016 Natasha Baker MBE claimed a stunning hat-trick of gold medals, retaining the two individual titles that she won on her Paralympic debut at London 2012.
In the Team event, Natasha's contribution to performances by team-mates Sophie Wells MBE, Anne Dunham OBE 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.
Natasha has been surrounded by horses all her life and began riding at her local RDA (South Bucks). After watching the Paralympic Games on TV in 2000, she announced to her parents that that was what she wanted to do.
She made her senior Championship debut in 2011, when she represented Great Britain as an individual at the European Championships. After producing two great tests, Natasha returned with two individual gold medals. 2012 saw Natasha repeat her 2011 success, winning two Individual gold medals in the Grade II class at the London 2012 Paralympic Games; she was awarded an MBE at the end of that year in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
On the journey to Rio 2016, Natasha secured seven medals for Great Britain and was selected for Rio with her London 2012 dancing partner, Cabral.
Baker’s triumph in Rio was extra emotional considering it was her last appearance with Cabral, a horse named after the explorer who discovered Brazil.
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