Michèle George

Michèle George

Belgium Paralympic Equestrian

Michèle George is a Paralympic equestrian of Belgium. A horse-riding accident caused her to have hemiplegia in her left leg. She won two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and another gold and one silver at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.


Michèle George is a Paralympic equestrian from Belgium. She lives near the French border in Amougies, where she has a private training center. George started riding when she was 12 years old. She started on racehorses and trotting, before trying out show jumping and later dressage, where she competes today.

A horse-riding accident in 2008 caused her to have hemiplegia in her left leg. She was lunging a horse in an indoor arena, the horse spooked, bolted and escaped. In doing so, it took Michele with her and severely broke her knee. After a succession of operations, doctors told Michele that she would never ride again.

But that didn’t keep her down. Four years after that incident, Michele competed and won two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Even amidst serious health issues and confined to a wheelchair, her love of horses and passion for dressage was too much to keep her out of competition.

After London, she won two titles at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014, another gold and silver at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and is competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Michele has two children a 13 year old daughter and 12 year old son. When she is not training alongside her children, she enjoys cooking and listening to 80s and disco music. Like her human children, she sees her horses, not as objects, but rather more like my children. Together, they’ve worked hard to create a friendship and partnership that has earned them medals and championships, even amidst pain and turmoil. Michele has competed in grade IV para-equestrian dressage since the 2009 European Championships.

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