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 XVI Summer Olympic 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 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

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)
  • 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, English equestrian (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1915-03-17 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1916-06-04 Cecil Blacker, British Army officer, born in York, England (d. 2002)
  • 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 equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 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, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), born in Lysyye Gory, Tambov Governorate (d. 1997)
  • 1927-01-14 Ivan Kalita, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tambov Governorate (d. 1996)
  • 1927-08-27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1928-11-22 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 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 equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), born in Münster, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1937-05-29 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual jumping 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover, Germany
  • 1938-12-04 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales (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), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-03-28 Michael Plumb, American equestrian (Olympic 2 gold/4 silver-1976,84), born in Islip, New York
  • 1941-12-18 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), born in Drogomyśl, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 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, second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in Clarence House, London
  • 1950-11-03 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1951-01-23 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • 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, American equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96), born in Flintridge, California
  • 1953-11-07 Lucinda Green, English equestrian (Olympic silver 1984), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • 1955-02-01 Virginia Leng, British equestrian competitor (1986 World Champion), born in Malta
  • 1956-03-01 Mark Todd, New Zealand equestrian rider (Olympic gold individual eventing 1984, 88), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • 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, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold show jumping, team 1984), born in Union, New Jersey
  • 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, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1959-07-21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960-04-17 Michael Whitaker, British Olympic equestrian rider, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 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, New Zealand equestrian rider (World C'ship gold 1994, 98; Olympic bronze 1996), born in Huntly, New Zealand
  • 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, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962-02-22 Lisa Jacquin, American equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 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, German equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996, 2016), born in Wesel, Germany
  • 1965-07-15 Tom Dvorak, Canadian equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Braunschwieg, Germany
  • 1965-07-19 Kathleen Raine, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968-01-02 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch equestrian rider (Olympic gold dressage 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 1994, 2006), born in Erp, Netherlands
  • 1969-01-02 William Fox-Pitt MBE, English equestrian (Olympic silver team 2004, 12; bronze 2008; World Equestrian Games gold team 2010), born in London, England
  • 1969-01-16 Chelan Kozak, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • 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


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
  • 1996-02-27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1997-04-03 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • 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
  • 2011-05-29 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • 2015-01-08 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2015-08-14 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • 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
  • 2020-02-24 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), dies at 78