Sincere congratulations to sponsored rider Sophie Wells
Asmar Equestrian would like to offer their sincere congratulations to sponsored rider Sophie Wells and her Gold medal winning British team mates, as the equestrian element of the Para Games concludes at Greenwich Park. Sophie was riding Dr Jackie and Dr Neil Walker’s 15-year-old 17.2hh gelding Pinocchio throughout the contest, and gained individual silver in both the freestyle and individual tests. Sophie also won her team test, which contributed to the Team Gold placing.
The squad competing at the 2012 London Paralympic Games was –
•Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6 – Grade Ia
•Lee Pearson and Gentleman – Grade Ib
•Natasha Baker and Cabral – Grade II
•Deb Criddle and Akilles – Grade III
•Sophie Wells and Pinocchio – Grade IV
Sophie Wells, aGrade IV rider, concluded her first Para Games with a personal best in the Grade IV Freestyle of 81.15%, which took her into silver medal position behind Belgium’s Michele George. Sophie said: “Michele has been on good form. I don’t think I could have done any more, preparation wise. I’m absolutely thrilled with my horse. It’s been an absolute dream.”
Sophie had already won her grade in the team test, scoring a personal best at the time of 75.906%, on her Olympic debut. Sophie has ridden ‘”Noki” for three and a half years now. She said: “I go out to do my best. I wasn’t going to let this opportunity get away from me. I just have to thank all the GB support team – the osteopath, saddler, vet, physio, trainer, groom – as this is such a massive team effort just to get them in the right shape to let me do my job. We are so lucky to have funding from UK Sport and the National Lottery, to enable us to bring these people with us to competitions to help us prepare. Noki is an amazing horse to ride, Jackie Walker has been an absolutely amazing owner and I’m so lucky for that, because good horses don’t come around very often.”
We look forward to continuing to support Sophie and wish her warmest regards – and hope she now has the opportunity for a well earned rest!