Athletes

Deborah Criddle MBE

Deb started riding in her last year of school and she has now competed at four Paralympic Games.

  • Events:
    Equestrian
  • Home Town:
    Taunton, Somerset
  • Lives:
    Taunton, Somerset
  • Trains:
    Taunton, Somerset
  • Date Of Birth:
    10/05/1966
  • Games Attended:
    Beijing 08, Athens 04, Sydney 00

When Deb started to ride again after her accident in 1985, she returned to the riding school (Deepley Riding School) she had attended as a teenager, who worked with her and put her in contact with her local RDA group (Sandhill Park Group). Her first competitive experience came in 1987, when she competed at a RDA regional Dressage competition.

One of the highlights of Deb's Paralympic career was the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, where she won gold in both of her Individual events and the Team event.

Due to a lack of horsepower, Deb was out of top level competition for a brief period, but the purchase of LJT Akilles by the Lady Joseph Trust in 2011 ensured Deb could again compete at international level.

At London 2012, Deb competed at her fourth Paralympic Games. In the Team event, ParalympicsGB maintained their record of winning every Paralympic title since the sport was formally introduced to the programme in 1996, with Deb taking to the podium alongside Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells and Sophie Christiansen. She also produced strong performances in both of her Individual events to bring home two silver medals.

"None of us want to be on a team that doesn't bring home the medals."Deb Criddle

Now a regular on Britain’s Equestrian Dressage team, Deb also competes in non-disabled Dressage competitions.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Deb was awarded a MBE.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • Team: gold
    Individual (III): silver
    Freestyle (III): silver (all with Ljt Akilles)
     
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • Individual (III): 5th
    Freestyle (III): 4th (all with Pavaroti)
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
  • Team: gold
    Individual (III): gold
    Freestyle (III): gold (all with Figaro IX)
  • 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
  • Individual (III): 8th
    Freestyle (III): 4th
  • 2011 European Championships, Moorsele, Belgium
  • Team: gold
    Individual (III): silver
    Individual Freestyle (III): gold (all with LJT Akilles)

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