Sophie Wells Shares Her Medal Successes

LEADING dressage rider and Rio and London Paralympic Gold medallist Sophie Wells MBE, recently took time out from her busy schedule to visit her sponsor Black Country Saddles with her Paralympic medal haul.

Sophie is a Grade V para-dressage rider who secured glowing success at both the London and Rio Olympics.  In London Sophie claimed two Individual Silvers and a Team Gold medal, whilst in Rio she took Individual Gold, Individual Silver and Team Gold medals.

More than holding her own in able-bodied competition, Sophie was also in winning form at this year’s British Dressage Winter Championships in April when winning the Prix St Georges (PSG) with C Fatal Attraction and the Inter I with her Rio gold medallist, Valerius.

Now training and competing at Grand Prix level, Valerius and Sophie also recently entered their first Grand Prix together at Manor Grange in North Yorkshire.

Sophie proudly showed her medals to the staff at Black Country Saddles who all downed tools to have the opportunity to have their photographs taken with Sophie and to share in her various success stories.

Said Partner Rob Cullen: “It was great to catch up with Sophie and to see her fantastic medal collection.  She is a fabulous ambassador for us and we are delighted to have her in the Black Country Saddles family and provide her with our saddles.”

Added Sophie: “My latest saddle is a Black Country Dante Vinici Dressage which is simply marvellous.  It really supports my position, keeping me straighter and helping me to absorb the movement.”

Sophie also brought her two gold and one silver Tom dolls which were awarded in Rio as the Paralympic Games’ mascot, with hair in the colour of the medal received.

While at the Cannock offices and never missing an opportunity, Sophie provided feedback on the saddles she rides in and discussed new saddles with Rob and business partner John Hartley also going through colour-ways and ‘a bit of bling’ to add to her collection.