On This Day

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

Sports History

2012-07-31 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

  • 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 Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic gold 1928, 32)
  • 1904-05-15 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1906-06-22 Richard Fanshawe, English equestrian 3 day eventing (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • 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, Italian equestrian, 1st athlete to compete in 8 Olympic games (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76), born in Poggio Mirteto, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1925-06-23 Nuno Oliveira, Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer, dressage instructor, and author, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1989)
  • 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, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 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), born in Thorn Hill, Ontario
  • 1947-06-06 Marion Coakes, English equestrian rider (World C'ship gold Individual Jumping 1965; Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, England
  • 1948-04-03 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • 1948-09-22 Mark Phillips, British equestrian (Olympic Gold 1972), ex of princess Anne, born in Tetbury, England
  • 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
  • 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 rider (World C'ship individual 1986; Olympic silver x 2, bronze x 2 1984, 88), 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)
  • 1958-04-11 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, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Cheshire, England
  • 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, New Zealand equestrian (Olympic gold Individual eventing 1996, bronze 1992), born in Whangārei, New Zealand
  • 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 gold individual eventing 2000; silver team eventing 1996, bronze 2000), 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
  • 1965-07-19 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, New Zealand equestrian showjumper (Olympics 1996), born in Hastings, New Zealand

Weddings in Sport

Andrew Lloyd Webber

1991-02-09 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds (his 3rd) 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

Martina Hingis

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

Zara Phillips

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

Billy Joel

2015-07-04 American music legend Billy Joel (66) weds American equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) at NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island home


Deaths in Sport

  • 1934-08-03 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1989-02-06 Nuno Oliveira, Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer, dressage instructor, and author, dies at 63
  • 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
  • 1999-08-17 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 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
  • 2013-11-15 Raimondo d'Inzeo, Italian equestrian, 1st athlete to compete in 8 Olympic games (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76), dies at 88
  • 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