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Sophie shines at European para-dressage championships

Posted on 27/08/2013
FEI para-dressage championships

Royal Holloway alumna Sophie Christiansen MBE enjoyed more success this weekend in Denmark where she took three gold medals this weekend at the FEI para-dressage European championships. British riders took three gold and two silver medals across the five Grades in the individual Freestyle competition.

Natasha Baker, double London 2012 gold medalist and individual champion, started the winning streak, scoring an impressive 77.650% for a convincing victory in the Grade II Freestyle with Cabral. Sophie claimed her third gold of the week riding Janeiro 6 to a winning score of 78.100%. 

Sophie took the gold from team-mate Anne Dunham by less than one percentage point.  “That was close,” she said. “I thought she might just do it because that looked like a really good test. At the end of the day I did the best that I could, and may the best rider win. I’ve got the best horse and I’m just so glad I can show him off to the world.”

On whether or not she may need to get a new cabinet to house her growing collection of medals, she joked: “I think there’s going to be an IKEA trip when I get home. It was very close but I’m really glad I could get my titles back again.”

Golden girl Sophie, who graduated with a Masters degree in Mathematics from Royal Holloway two years ago, became the country's first triple gold medallist of the London 2012 Paralympics. Sophie returned to campus in March this year to unveil a plaque on the commemorative golden postbox on campus.



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