Equestrian in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-08-16 The Berlin Olympic equestrian competition concludes with Germany winning all 6 gold medals in an unprecedented team achievement
  • 1949-02-05 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
  • 1956-06-10 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • 1972-09-01 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-09 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-07-31 Zara Phillips wins silver on her horse High Kingdom in Olympic equestrian eventing final

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • 2016-08-19 A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896-05-13 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic gold 1928, 32)
  • 1902-09-04 Lorna Johnstone, English equestrian dressage (Olympic-13th-1968), born in York, England (d. 1990)
  • 1904-05-15 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1912-06-05 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1914-01-09 Derek Allhusen, England, equestrian (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1915-03-17 William Roycroft, Austrian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1916-06-04 Cecil Blacker, CEO (British Equestrian Federation)
  • 1918-03-03 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • 1919-05-17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1921-03-14 Lis Hartel, Danish equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1952, 56)
  • 1923-03-04 Piero J d'Inzeo, French equestrian show jumper (Olymp-gold-1952, 64)
  • 1924-10-30 Hannelore Weygrand, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1925-02-08 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • 1925-10-12 William Steinkraus, American equestrian (Olympic gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1926-07-24 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1926-09-25 Sergei Filatov, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1927-01-14 Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1927-08-27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1928-11-22 Pat Smythe, England, equestrian jumper (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • 1929-08-06 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1930-02-23 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1934-02-24 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1936-01-14 Reiner Klimke, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1936-02-29 Alwin Schockemohle, German equestrian jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1938-12-04 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 2015)
  • 1939-01-05 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939-07-06 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964)
  • 1940-03-28 Michael Plumb, American equestrian (Olympic 2 gold/4 silver-1976,84), born in Islip, New York
  • 1943-03-01 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943-04-08 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1945-04-10 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1946-07-07 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1947-06-06 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • 1948-04-03 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • 1949-12-30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1950-08-15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • 1951-01-23 Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1951-06-10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1952-08-23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-02-06 Susie Hutchison, Flintridge California, equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96)
  • 1953-11-07 Lucinda Green, English equestrian
  • 1956-03-01 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996)
  • 1956-05-03 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1956-06-07 Robert Dover, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-10-01 Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1956-10-30 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958-02-17 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1958-04-11 Sally Clark, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympic silver 1996), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • 1958-09-30 Nona Garson, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959-04-16 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1959-07-21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960-10-25 Kelli McMullen-Temple, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1961-03-19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • 1961-05-10 Blyth Tait, England, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1961-05-20 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1961-08-01 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1962-01-18 David O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1962-02-22 Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-05-24 Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-09-05 Beth Underhill, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 26-92, 96), born in Georgetown, Ontario
  • 1963-03-28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-04-10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1964-02-13 Evi Strasser, German equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Inzell, Germany
  • 1964-07-23 Greg Best, American equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1964-09-08 Steffan Peters, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965-07-15 Tom Dvorak, Canadian equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Braunschwieg, Germany
  • 1965-07-19 Kathleen Raine, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-01-16 Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-02-25 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1971-10-25 Laura Chapot, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-11-19 Daniel Meech, Hastings NZ, equestrian showjumper (Olympics 1996)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1991-02-09 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

  • 2005-12-03 French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-12-10 Tennis player Martina Hingis (30) weds equestrian show jumper Thibault Hutin at a private civil ceremony in Paris, France

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-30 Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and British equestrian Zara Phillips (30) weds England rugby player Mike Tindall (32) at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

HeartWedding of Interest

2015-07-04 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934-08-03 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1992-01-13 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • 1999-08-04 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), dies at 71
  • 2000-01-08 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • 2007-06-19 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2015-01-08 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • 2016-06-20 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • 2017-11-18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • 2018-07-09 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91