Sunday, 11 March 2012

GB Rider Profile; Lee Pearson

When I went to watch the Spanish Riding School Lee Pearson CBE was also riding before the show. He did a routine to music and was fantastic. He is a Paralympic rider.

At the age of eight he started riding horses as an alternative to riding a BMX. He learnt to ride on a donkey. Carl Hester also learnt to ride on a donkey so maybe this is where I am going wrong with my dressage skills. I need to get some donkey riding lessons! 

Lee Pearson has won 9 Paralympic games dressage gold medals and a further 19 gold medals at European and World Championship level (that is a lot of medals!). He has been voted BBC Midlands Sport Personality of the Year. And also won a national championship event at Stoneleigh against able-bodied riders. 

 He was born in 1974 with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. He said "the muscles in my arms and legs grew as scar tissue in the womb". When watching him ride you may not know he has a disability unless you had already been told before-hand.

Lee Pearson has his own website click here where there are interviews and extra information. He had a great sense of humour when we saw him at the Spanish Riding School and this comes across on his website, even showing a photo of Gus having a wee in the collecting ring!

His main horse is called Blue Circle Boy and can be seen in the video below. His stable name is Gus and he is 17.2 hh! He is a hanoverian x welsh. He is absolutely gorgeous!

In 2009, Lee Pearson was awarded a CBE for his achievements and contributions to the sport. He is on track to compete for Team GB in the London 2012 Paralympic games.

None of these images belong to me.

Love Laura

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