Double Paralympic & Five Time European
Para-Dressage Champion

About Me Natasha Baker MBE

 

Double Paralympic Equestrian Gold Medallist and 5-time European Champion Hometown: Uxbridge, Middlesex

At London 2012 Natasha claimed Britain’s first equestrian gold medal of the Games, achieving a Paralympic record (76.857%) for her Grade II class in winning the Championship Test.

Natasha delivered again two days later in front of an impassioned home crowd, winning her second gold of London 2012. Her victory in the Freestyle event set yet another Paralympic record (82.800%) and she achieved her third personal best. As a result of her achievements at London 2012, Natasha became one of only 25 British Paralympians to be awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Natasha suffers from Transverse Myelitis, a condition that has left her with permanent nerve damage and severe weakness in her legs since contracting a virus at 14 months old. Natasha is unable to use her legs whilst riding, instructing her horses entirely through verbal commands and seat movements.

Aged 9, Natasha’s physio recommended that she applied to the local RDA. It was evident  Natasha had a strong passion for the sport and after watching the Paralympics in Sydney 2000, she set herself the goal of one day becoming a Paralympic Champion.

In 2002, Natasha was selected for the World Class Programme and by 2005 had a string of National and International titles to her name including the Overall U21 International Champion. One of the most defining moments of her career came in 2009, when she discovered her mount Cabral at the yard of Christian Landolt. Together, Natasha and Cabral developed a unique bond, leading to a succession of international honours.

Under the guidance of European, World and Olympic rider Emile Faurie, Natasha and Cabral went unbeaten in 2011 on the international stage, adding two European titles to two national titles. Natasha is determined to exceed her 2012 successes in Rio, and is working tirelessly to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes and change the perception towards those with disabilities.

Results
Year  Position    Percentage    Competition
2014 Silver   71.42%   World Equestrian Games Individual
2014 Gold   73.64%   World Equestrian Games Team
2014 1st   71.50%   British National Dressage Championships Individual
2014 2nd overall   75.87%   British National Dressage Championships Freestyle
2014 1st   75.37%   Deauville CPEDI*** Individual
2014 1st   78.45%   Deauville CPEDI*** Freestyle
2013 Champion   76.24%   British National Dressage Championships
2013 Champion   74.31%   Hickstead Championships
2013 Gold   72.11%   European Championships Individual
2013 Gold   77.65%   European Championships Freestyle
2013 Gold   69.77%   European Championships Team
2012 Gold   76.85%   London 2012 Grade II Individual Event
2012 Gold   82.80%   London 2012 Grade II Freestyle Gold
2012 2nd   74.67%   Hartpury CPEDI*** Individual
2012 1st   81.35%   Hartpury CPEDI*** Freestyle
2012 1st   72.50%   Hartpury CPEDI*** Team
2012 1st   76.19%   British National Para Championships Individual
2012 5th   77.50%   British National Para Championships Freestyle
2012 1st   72.50%   British National Para Championships Team
2012 1st   72.98%   Winter Championships, Hartpury Individual
2011 Gold   73.19%   European Championships Individual
2011 Gold   76.25%   European Championships Freestyle
2011 1st GII & Gold   74.48%   European Championships Team

There is no better feeling than walking out into the arena and performing in front of a passionate crowd. The support at London 2012 was the most incredible feeling, I want to bottle that up and keep it forever.

Team Baker

Having grown up on the family farm Natasha has always been surrounded by horses. She has had the continual support of her friends and family, affectionately known as “Team Baker”.

 

Lorraine Baker

Lorraine (mum) is Natasha’s full time International groom. Lorraine goes with Natasha to all of her competitions and training, looking after the horses and getting them ready for their competitions.

Phil Baker

Phil (dad) is the horsebox driver, the cook, the cameraman. Phil is up every morning at 5.30am to feed all the horses before he goes out to do a full days work.

Jess Kinge

Jess is Natasha’s groom and is in charge of the yard when Natasha is away. Jess comes to local competitions to help and also competes her own horse. Jess will eventually become Natasha’s international groom when
Lorraine retires.

Lisa Hopkins

Lisa has been training Natasha since 2013 and comes to Natasha’s yard to teach her once a week. She has represented Great Britain Internationally at Grand Prix.

Rob Waine

Rob rides, trains and competes Bam Bam for Brenda as well as riding Sooki once a week. Rob won the National Championships in 2014 at Elementary and wishes to represent Team GBR at Grand Prix.

Emile Faurie

Emile has been training Natasha since 2010.
He has competed in numerous World, European and Olympic Games and is based
in Oxfordshire.

Dorothy Alder

Dorothy has always been incredibly supportive of Natasha's riding since she started at the RDA. Without the support of her Nan and Grandad (who has now sadly passed away) Natasha would not be the successful rider she has become.

Christian Landolt

Christian and Natasha first met in 2009 when she visited his yard on the lookout for a new horse. They have since become great friends and Christian has provided Natasha with
a huge amount of support throughout her career so far.

Equine Support

Farrier

Vet
Saddler
Chiropractor
Physio
Nutritionist

The Horses

JP (Cabral)

JP
Competition Horse
Age: 13
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Polish Warmblood
Colour: Dark Bay
Owner: Mr Christian Landolt,
Mr & Mrs P. Baker & Mrs D. Alder
Party Piece: Free Walk (rarely gets below a 9)
Major Achievements:
  1. 2013 European Champion
  2. Double Paralympic Gold Medalist 2012 and  Paralympic Record Holder
  3. Double European Gold Medalist 2011
  4. Reigning National Champions (Summer and Winter)

Sooki (Sookie St James)

sooki
Competition Horse 
Age: 6
Sex: Mare
Breeding: Oldenberg (San Amour/Don Schufro)
Colour: Black
Owner: Mr Christian Landolt
Party Piece: Looking gorgeous!
Major Achievements:

1. 70.30% and 71.35% at her first Para Competition.
2. 74.8% at Novice.

WOODY (WALD MINOR)

woody
Retired
Age: 25
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Danish Warmblood
Colour: Chestnut
Owner: Mrs Jean Scharf
Party Piece: Sequence Changes
Major Achievements:
  1. 3rd highest score at the FEI 2007 World Para Dressage Championships (competed as a     non-medalist but would have won a Bronze medal)
  2. 2007 KBIS National Champion
  3. 2007 & 2008 National Para Winter Champion
  4. 2008 Hartpury International Grade 2 Individual Winner and 2nd in Freestyle.
  5. 2009 Winter and Spring Grade II National Champions.
  6. Selected to do a Pas De Deux in the Gala evening at the European Championships, Windsor 2009.

LUDO (LAZARDO)


Retired
Age: 19
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Holstein
Colour: Bay
Owner: Mr & Mrs P. Baker
Party Piece: Medium Trot and Canter
Major Achievements:
  1. 70% Winter Qualifier (1st Para Competition)
  2. Over 65% every able-bodied competition.

Pilgrim

pilgrim

Age: 8
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Miniature
Colour: Appaloosa
Owner: Miss Yazmin Paige
Party Piece: His bucks in the field!
Major Achievements:
  1. Looking after JP and Bam Bam!

Previous Horses

BamBam

Bam Bam

Forrester

Never The Less

I have surrounded myself with the best team possible. They are dedicated to push me every day to work harder, continually improve and keep my horses in peak condition, ensuring we are at the top of our game.

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At the age of 10 I was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. I have tremendous support from my followers and it would be a dream come true if I could inspire others
to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

I believe everything happens for a reason. Hard work, dedication and the passion for riding has enabled me to fulfil my dreams. I couldn't be more driven to succeed on my road to Rio.

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Abigail Woodhead

Professional Sports Group
The Coach House
2 Heath Road
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01276 858930
abi@profsports.com

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