Sophie Wells is an outstanding young athlete who combines a successful Para Dressage career with competing at Grand Prix in able-bodied dressage competitions. At the age of just 23, Sophie is not only the reigning World and European Champion with eleven championship gold medals between her two top horses, she was also part of the Team GB Paralympics Team from the London 2012 Games, who historically smashed all previous records to deliver gold. In addition to the team gold, Sophie and Pinocchio were rewarded with outstanding scores in the individual and freestyle performances to add two silver medals to their tally.
With Paralympic, European and World Gold medals to their name Sophie is now facing fresh challenges with Pinocchio as he retires from Para Dressage and pursues a career in able-bodied competitions. During 2013 Sophie and Pinocchio made their debut at Inter 1 and on several occasions Grand Prix. Watch this space as their story continues.
With Pinocchio retiring from International Para Competitions, it has been Valerius’ (Reece) time to step into the spotlight. Equally talented but with a lot less experience, Valerius made his mark on the international circuit as part of Team GB competing at the 2013 European Championships in Denmark. As well as team and individual Gold medals Valerius and Sophie scooped a third gold medal for their freestyle performance posting a tremendous 80.25%.
Sophie is very much aware that her success in the arena is only possible with the help and support from her sponsors and is very pleased to welcome Toggi to the team.
“I am absolutely thrilled to become a Toggi sponsored rider. I have grown up wearing this iconic British brand and more recently enjoyed wearing the Team GBR clothing, which is also made by Toggi. The clothing is perfect for riding and competing – it’s hardwearing, stylish and fits brilliantly, I love it!”
Julia Smith, Sales Director at Toggi comments “Sophie is a true inspiration. She has proven that she has the talent, dedication and attention to detail to compete and win at the very top in the exacting sport of dressage. We are proud to support her on her journey and wish her every success for the future.”