Sophie Wells Picked to Compete at 2011 Young Riders World Cup Finals

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:19
British Dressage News

Para dressage gold medallist and British team young rider Sophie Wells has been invited to compete at the FEI Young Rider World Cup Dressage Final at Frankfurt, Germany, 14-18 December 2011.

Wells will make history as the first ever para-equestrian dressage rider to compete at this prestigious final, the highlight of the indoor season for the World’s leading young dressage riders.

Born with amniotic band syndrome, Sophie has limited movement in her hands and feet however this has not prevented her from reaching great heights in able-bodied competition; the World and European gold medallist has represented GB at the Young Rider European Championships for the last two years – a ground-breaking achievement for a rider with a disability.

Sophie will ride her Young Rider European Championship partner, Pinocchio, a 14-year-old Landeur-sired gelding owned by Jackie Walker. The proven pairing will go head-to-head with top riders from Europe as well those from as far afield as Australia and the Americas.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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