Sophie Christiansen: ‘Coming fifth in SPOTY was beyond my wildest dreams’

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H&C caught up with Sophie Christiansen CBE  and Anne Dunham OBE to find out how life has changed since the Rio Olympics – and whether they think they will make it to Tokyo in 2020.

Rio celebration

Ann and Sophie joined a number of Olympic and Paralympic riders at a reception, hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the success of Rio 2016.

Camilla welcomed the riders, horse owners and members of the core support team to her home at Clarence House.

With seventy guests in attendance, the evening was a fantastic opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication, which saw Team GB bring home an incredible fourteen medals, including nine golds

Fingers crossed for Tokyo

The Duchess of Cornwall congratulated all the athletes present and joked that it was a shame the horses couldn’t have made it.

“I just wanted to congratulate all of you, the riders, owners, grooms and trainers, and of course the horses. I wish that we could have got them here tonight,” she said. “Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for Tokyo, and I hope we’ll be seeing you all in four years’ time with a lot of medals around your neck. Congratulations again.”