(Hartpury Festival of Dressage in 2016)
Lee Pearson is an eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist and has been named in Great Britain’s Para-dressage squad for the World Equestrian Games.
Lee, 44, has won an impressive collection of 37 medals during his illustrious 19-year career. he took a small break from the sport in 2017 but is now back.
Joining Pearson in the squad is Natasha Baker, who boasts three gold medals in Rio, the four-time Paralympic medallist Sophie Wells and Erin Orford.
The event, which take place in North Carolina, begins on 11 September 2018.
Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up stairs in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a ‘Children of Courage’ medal.
Pearson turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. He won gold in the team dressage event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, silver in the championship dressage and bronze in the freestyle.
He noted after his failure to win gold in the freestyle competition in London that he had been voted down by the British judge but said that he would compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, on a different horse.