Astier Nicolas – Astier showed the world what he was made of at Rio 2016, coming home with team gold and individual silver with Paif de B’Neville. After being long listed for London 2012 for team France and unable to compete at WEG for injury reasons, he had a point to prove. Astier won the Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth and finished in 14th place at Badminton 2016. The only rider to have ridden on 6 Youth European Championship Teams, winning 2 team bronze medals and an individual silver. 2015 was a great year winning the Blair International CCI3* and Pau CCI****, 2013 he won the advanced at Burnham, advanced U25 section at Belton and in 2014 finished 9th on his first debut at Badminton.
Astier is one of the best riders in the sport and he has an incredible string of horses. Dee has worked with Astier and his horses for many years now and is incredibly happy and proud of them all, the future looks ever more exciting!
Natasha Baker – 5 time Paralympic Equestrian Champion and 5 time European Champion. Double Paralympic Gold Medalist at London 2012, Triple European Gold Medalist Herning 2013 and Triple Gold Medalist at Rio 2016. 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. Natasha aims to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes and change the perception towards those with disabilities.
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Robert & Claire Oliver – one of the most prolific names on the showing circuit! Robert is included in the BHS Hall of Fame, and as a showing legend he is the author of many books and DVD’s. Claire is a former European Young Rider Champion team and individual gold medalist. The Oliver’s have produced multiple world class showing champions. Robert & Claire compete and judge all over the country, internationally and are often seen in the famous Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) lineups, as well as multiple Horse and Hound articles. Robert’s most successful horses include the heavyweight cob Super Ted, who won Cob of the Year at HOYS an amazing six times between 1987 and 1994. Robert and Claire continue to produce some of the top horses on the circuit, 2016 has bought some fantastic new horses, of which some were campaigned at HOYS and will be out in 2017.
Dee works with Claire on an almost weekly basis after a hip replacement, and together they work on Claire’s flexibility and strength. Claire and Dee are still trying to persuade Mr Oliver to come and join them…
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