Paralympians' Club

Simon Laurens

Simon had his first riding lesson when he was eight, accompanying a friend who had been given the lessons as a birthday present.

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He loved the sport and was soon competing in gymkhanas in the disciplines of show-jumping, cross-country and showing.

In 2004 Simon was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but continued to ride at mainstream equestrian shows. A judge at one of those shows was also a selector for the Great Britain Para-Equestrian team spotted Simon’s potential and recommended him to consider competing at Para-Equestrian events. In 2006 he went to his first Great Britain squad session, was part of the team that won gold at the World Championships the following year and won gold again at the Paralympics in 2008.

Simon has since retired from international competition but continues to be involved in the sport; he offers training sessions or clinics tailored around the individuals requirements and he is also a qualified equestrian judge. Simon lives in Gloucestershire.

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