Sophie started riding at the age of eight at her local riding school and took up non-disabled dressage at the age of twelve. In 2008 she became the first para-equestrian dressage rider to win a non-disabled international competition, after she finished first in the junior international class at the Hickstead under-21 international.
She was the first para-equestrian dressage rider to compete on both a non-disabled junior team and the para-equestrian dressage team in the same year (2010) competing on the dressage Young Rider European team, as well as being selected as part of the World Equestrian Games para-equestrian dressage squad.
Sophie received an MBE in the 2013 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. She has won nine medals for Great Britain with her Rio partner Valerius, competing at the 2011 and 2013 European and 2014 World Championships.
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