Sir Lee Pearson CBE

Sir Lee Pearson CBE

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Stoke-on-Trent

  • Date of Birth

    04/02/1974

  • Classification

    Ib at Rio

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Bio

After discovering para-equestrian dressage whilst watching the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics on TV, Lee started riding and has gone on to win gold at every Paralympic Games since. He took the triple title (team, individual and freestyle) at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, 2004 Athens Paralympics and 2008 Beijing Paralympics, setting an equestrian world record by being unbeaten at three consecutive Paralympic Games.

In 2003, he became the first disabled person to have won a title at the British Dressage National Championships competing against non-disabled riders when he took the 2003 elementary restricted title. Awarded an MBE in 2001 and an OBE in 2005 in recognition of his monumental equestrian success and services to sport for the disabled; he then received a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to equestrianism and disabled sport.

Competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Lee came away with three medals, Team gold, Individual silver and bronze in the Grade Ib competition; 2015 saw him secure Team gold and two Individual silvers at the European Championships out in Deauville.

At Rio 2016, Lee’s career achievements were recognised when he was chosen to be the ParalympicsGB flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony, leading the team into the Maracana at his fifth Games.

Once competition got under way, Lee swiftly claimed the 13th Paralympic dressage medal of his career with a silver in the individual competition, scoring an impressive 74.103 on horse Zion as Austria’s Pepo Puch took gold to upgrade his bronze from London 2012.

Lee’s fortunes changes in the individual freestyle test (Ib) where he went on to secure his eleventh Paralympic gold medal – his 14th of any colour. Riding Zion, Lee won with a total of 77.400% ahead of Pepo Puch of Austria in silver and Denmark’s Stinna Kaastrup, who took bronze.

Lee’s achievements and contribution to equestrian sport was recognised when he was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Individual (Ib): Silver
  • Freestyle (Ib): Gold

London 2012 Paralympic Games

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (Ib): Silver
  • Freestyle (Ib): Bronze

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (Ib): Gold
  • Freestyle (Ib): Gold

Athens 2004 Paralympic Games

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (I): Gold
  • Freestyle (I): Gold

Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (I): Gold
  • Freestyle: Gold

2018 World Equestrian Games,Tryon, USA

  • Team: Silver

2015 Senior European Championships, Deauville, France

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (Ib): Silver
  • Freestyle (Ib): Silver

2014 World Equestrian Games, Normandy, France

  • Team: Gold
  • Individual (Ib): Gold
  • Freestyle (lb): Gold

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