Paralympic Dressage Champ Natasha Baker On Her Mission To Change Perception Of Those With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Paralympian Natasha Baker is proof that nothing should hold you back from achieving your dreams. At 14 months old, the five times Paralympic champion ...

Beat The Blindfold

Verity Smith | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Sport
Verity Smith

Everyone hopes that with a map. a GPS and a Guide Dog you can't get lost even if you are blind. But you can and my route map to the Paralympics in Rio led to a cul de sac.

Mirror Mirror

Verity Smith | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Verity Smith

My painfully awkward awareness of the external image I projected to my teen mates was made more acute by my ever dissipating self-image. Before leaving the house, or in the cloakroom at school. I would stand in front of the mirror straining to catch a glimpse, through its milky film, of my ever dissolving reflection.

Blown Away

Verity Smith | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Sport
Verity Smith

My horse Szekit and I recently had our first competition for the National Summer Dressage Qualifiers, and the fact that the date of the competition was Friday the 13th did set off a few alarm bells in my head. Nevertheless putting superstition aside and with entry fees paid, my final preparations began.

Who Me?

Verity Smith | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Verity Smith

The voice on the other end of the phone excitedly informed me that I had been nominated and had gone through to the last four finalists of the 'Inspirational Guide dog owner of the year Award for 2014'. I woke up with a bang. 'Seriously!?'

Doggy Style

Verity Smith | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Verity Smith

My guide dog Uffa and I decided to hang up his dirty harness and my old riding boots and dress up in his Sunday best High Visability Outfit and me in my cutest kitten heels for this years London Fashion week...

A Cat Doing Dressage. What, What More Do You Need To Know? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

As a non-horse, this cat is cruelly denied from taking part in the Olympic dressage event. But we feel this video will is the only medal it needs a...

Very Verity

Verity Smith | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Sport
Verity Smith

At the age of three, after my complete lack of talent at ballet became unignorably apparent to both my Mum and Teacher, due to my inability to avoid slaying my fellow taffita toting tots with my far from graceful but enthusiastic whirling, I was stripped of my tutu, hammered into a riding hard hat the size of a nut and driven to the local stables, where I was to spend every Saturday morning from then on. This is where my love affair with horses began...


Verity Smith | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Verity Smith

There are a few unavoidable complications to being blind. Aside from the agony of wardrobe choice and having to learn how to negotiate high heels in the equivalent of a blackout there is the identity of certain common or garden things that stubbornly remain a mystery to me...

London 2012 Paralympics Legacy, a Turning Point for Disability

Sophie Christiansen | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Sport
Sophie Christiansen

I do think that London 2012 was a turning point in perception about disability. Not only is there now a huge appetite for Paralympic sport, but I think attitudes did start to change. I've noticed it myself, in people's reactions to me. In the past, people have often seemed apprehensive about how to talk to me because I have cerebral palsy, but I have noticed that since last summer, people seem much more comfortable coming over and talking to me than they ever did before.


Jen Offord | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Sport
Jen Offord

Another week, another attempt to better myself via the medium of sport and a pretend medal table. I must say, the fact that I'm the only person who's competed in every single sport yet still not managed to take the top spot on the table, is becoming a little humiliating.

Second Gold And World Record For Ellie Simmonds

PA | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Sport

Paralympic sweetheart Ellie Simmonds smashed her world record to win a second gold medal - declaring "I'm just so chuffed." Just 48 hours after win...

Ellie Simmonds Smashes World Record

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK Sport

Teenage swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds was tonight crowned queen of the pool as she dramatically defended her Paralympic title and smashed the worl...

What? The Olympics Are Over? Don't Worry, I Can Help

Alfie Evers | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

As I sat on Blackheath watching the closing ceremony, I embraced the collective groan as God's gift to music - Jessie J - took to the giant screen, before a sniff of sadness hit me.

WATCH: Hilarious Dressage Send-up

Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Comedy

Those Olympics-themed spoofs are coming thick and fast now - and we'd like to thank the chucklesome chaps at Horse Horse TV for this hilarious dressag...

GOLD! Dressage Medal Makes 23rd Top Medal For Team GB

PA | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Sport

British dressage prodigy Charlotte Dujardin rewrote history for the second time this week as she beat her own coach to claim a sensational gold on her...

WATCH: Hip-Hop Dressage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Comedy

The Olympics have led to many amazing things. A sense of happiness and wellbeing across the land, an incredible feeling of unity, and a vague understa...

Why Dressage Is the Best Sport at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Jody Thompson | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Sport
Jody Thompson

If you are looking for one of the purest, poetic and most beautiful of sports in the Olympic canon at this year's London 2012, then this is it - if you give it some attention. Ultimately, it's the thousands of years-old struggle of human trying to bring 1500lbs of potentially wild horse to heel.

Britain's new Golden boy

Raconteur Media | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Raconteur Media

With his rollercoaster career finally coming good with a European individual silver medal this summer, Carl Hester tells Gillian Newsum that he now ha...