Natasha Baker Para Dressage

Hometown: Hammersmith, London
Sport: Equestrian
Event: Para-dressage
Games: London 2012, Rio 2016

Natasha Baker has been surrounded by horses all her life and rode her mother's old pony at six months old! She contracted a virus at the age of 14 months which left her with no feeling in her legs.

Still wanting to ride, Natasha began having weekly sessions at her local Riding for the Disabled Association, and she won her first competition when she was nine.

In 2000, Natasha watched the Para-Dressage event at the Sydney Paralympic Games on TV: ""I was completely mesmerised by what I saw, the horses were dancing and the harmony between the horse and rider was captivating. I wanted to be a part of it; I wanted to be standing on the podium one day receiving my Gold medal!""

Natasha made it her goal from then on to compete at the Paralympic Games in Para-Dressage. She made her senior championship debut in 2011, representing Great Britain in Belgium where she won two individual Gold medals on her horse, Cabral.

At London 2012, Natasha rode Cabral to glory again. She won Gold in the Individual Championship Test Grade II event and set a new Paralympic record of 76.857%. Natasha also won Gold in the Individual Freestyle Test Grade II event, setting another new Paralympic record of 82.800%.

At their second Paralympic Games, Rio 2016 Cabral and Natasha surpassed their London success, retaining her Individual and Freestyle gold medal before going on to win a third gold in the Team Competition.