Pearson at the parade in London to celebrate the achievements of British competitors at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.
|Representing Great Britain|
|2000 Sydney||Freestyle dressage|
|2000 Sydney||Team dressage|
|2004 Athens||Freestyle dressage|
|2004 Athens||Team dressage|
|2008 Beijing||Freestyle dressage|
|2008 Beijing||Team dressage|
|2012 London||Mixed Team Championship|
|2016 Rio||Individual Freestyle grade Ib|
|2012 London||Individual championship test grade Ib|
|2016 Rio||Dressage grade Ib|
|2012 London||Freestyle Dressage|
Sir David Lee Pearson, CBE (born 4 February 1974) is an 11-times paralympic games gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens, Beijing London and Rio. Over the course of his career he has won 30 gold medals at European, World and Paralympic level.
Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up stairs in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal.
Pearson turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. He won gold in the team dressage event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, silver in the championship dressage and bronze in the freestyle.
He noted after his failure to win gold in the freestyle competition in London that he had been voted down by the British judge but said that he would compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, on a different horse.
|World Championships||Hartpury, United Kingdom||2007||3||0||0||3|
|World Championships||Kentucky, United States||2010||3||0||0||3|
|Paralympics||London, United Kingdom||2012||1||1||1||3|
|World Championships||Normandy, France||2014||3||0||0||3|
|European Championships||Deauville, France||2015||1||2||0||3|
|Paralympics||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2016||1||1||0||2|
|World Championship total||14||0||0||14|
|European Championships total||5||4||0||9|
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours for services to disabled sports, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport. He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
Pearson runs his own dressage yard in Staffordshire and teaches many around the country
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- BBC Sport – Paralympics 2012: Lee Pearson takes dressage bronze
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