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Medal record

Pearson at the parade in London to celebrate the achievements of British competitors at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.
Competitor for  Great Britain
Summer Paralympics
Gold 2000 Sydney Dressage
Gold 2000 Sydney Freestyle dressage
Gold 2000 Sydney Team dressage
Gold 2004 Athens Dressage
Gold 2004 Athens Freestyle dressage
Gold 2004 Athens Team dressage
Gold 2008 Beijing Dressage
Gold 2008 Beijing Freestyle dressage
Gold 2008 Beijing Team dressage

David Lee Pearson, CBE (born February 4, 1974) is a nine-times paralympic games gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He also has six world-championship and three European titles. He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when British Prime-Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up the staircase in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal. He currently lives in Cheddleton, Staffordshire. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics.

He stated in an interview that his next ambition is to compete in the 2012 Olympics, should there be enough funding.[1] He turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics.

Pearson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in July 2005[2]

Already an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Pearson was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[3][4]

Personal life

Pearson is openly gay,[5] having come out to his parents shortly before his 21st birthday.[6] Recently engaged to Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Employee Mark Latham.


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