About Me Natasha Baker MBE


5 time Paralympic Equestrian Champion and 5 time European Champion
Hometown: Uxbridge, Middlesex

At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Natasha won a remarkable three Gold medals, one in each of the events she competed in; Individual, Freestyle and Team Gold!

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.

Natasha works tirelessly to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes and change the perception towards those with disabilities.

Year  Position    Percentage    Competition
2016 Gold   71.882%   Rio 2016 Olympic Games Team
2016 Gold   73.400%   Rio 2016 Olympic Games Grade II Individual
2016 Gold   77.850%   Rio 2016 Olympic Games Grade II Freestyle
2015 Silver   72.86%   European Championships Individual
2015 Silver   74.45%   European Championships Freestyle
2014 Silver   71.42%   World Equestrian Games Individual
2014 Gold   73.64%   World Equestrian Games Team
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
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

Lorraine BakerLorraine BakerLorraine BakerPhil BakerHaving 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) also works full time at the yard whilst being replied upon to drive the horsebox, do the cooking and capture the photography.

Jess Kinge

Jess is Natasha’s groom and is in charge of the yard when Natasha is away. Jess comes to 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 visits Natasha’s yard to teach her twice a week. Lisa also travels to Natasha’s competitions both Nationally and Internationally to train and warm-up her horses. She has represented Great Britain Internationally at Grand Prix.

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. Christian owns Cabral, Sookie St James and Fireball.

Equine Support



Marc Jaconelli

Marc is Natasha’s boyfriend and is hugely supportive of Natasha and her horses. Marc comes to as many competitions as possible and is hugely helpful with competition preparation.

The Horses

JP (Cabral)

Competition Horse (BD competitions - retired from Para)
Age: 15
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. Triple Paralympic Gold Medalist 2016
  2. Gold and Silver Medalist at World Games 2014
  3. Triple European Champion 2013
  4. Double Paralympic Gold Medalist 2012 and Paralympic Record Holder
  5. Double European Gold Medalist 2011

Sooki (Sookie St James)

Competition Horse 
Age: 9
Sex: Mare
Breeding: Oldenberg (San Amour/Don Schufro)
Colour: Black
Owner: Mr Christian Landolt
Party Piece: Looking gorgeous!
Major Achievements:

1. Double European Silver Medalist 2015
2. International Champion at Hartpury 2015
3. International Champion at Waregem 2015
4. British National Champion and Overall Freestyle Champion 2015
5. National Champion 2014
6. International Champion at Bishop Burton 2014


Sadly not with us anymore
Age: 28
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Danish Warmblood
Colour: Chestnut
Owner: Mrs Jean Scharf
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.


Age: 22
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Holstein
Colour: Bay
Owner: Mr & Mrs P. Baker
Major Achievements:
  1. 70% Winter Qualifier (1st Para Competition)
  2. Over 65% every able-bodied competition
  3. Being short listed for Beijing Paralympics 2008



Age: 11
Sex: Gelding
Breeding: Miniature
Colour: Appaloosa
Owner: Miss Yazmin Paige
Major Achievements:
  1. Looking after JP!

Previous Horses


Bam Bam


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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