Lee Pearson is the most successful para-dressage rider of all time having won a grand total of 28 gold medals since embarking on his professional dressage career back in 1998. Lee is also the world’s most successful Equestrian Paralympian with 10 gold medals under his belt having won three medals at each of Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
His contribution to equestrianism has not gone unnoticed and following the Sydney Games, Lee was awarded an MBE in 2001. This has since been followed by an OBE in 2005 after the Athens Games and a CBE in 2009 after the Beijing Games with each New Year’s Honour preceding the one before, meaning that Lee is currently Lee Pearson CBE.
Lee was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition which means that the muscles in his arms and legs did not grow correctly. Lee had numerous operations as a child and even now he does not have mobility in his ankles and knees and has restricted movement in all of his other limbs.
Lee’s passion for horses was evident from a very young age and he first started riding aged eight. Lee’s first equine was actually a donkey called Sally and for Lee it was the “freedom, movement and energy” that riding gave him that provided him with his drive and love for dressage.
Aside from Lee’s para-dressage career, he also competes in able-bodied competitions up to Prix St Georges level. He was the first ever disabled rider to win a National Championship, back in 2003 when he won the Elementary Restricted National Championship on Blue Circle Boy.
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