Rider Profile–ANDREW HOY


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Andrew Hoy is one of Australia’s most experienced elite eventing riders. When he competes as part of Australia’s Three Day Event team at the London Olympics, he will be breaking our record for an athlete attending the most Olympic Games. London will be his seventh Games–he has competed in every one since 1984, winning three gold and one silver medal. Only two other athletes have competed at six Olympics…James Tomkins (rowing) and Colin Beashel (sailing). Hoy was also granted the honour of being flag bearer at the 1996 Olympics.

''I've been working hard towards London but I thought my chances for a long time were limited, only in that my horse is a young horse,'' Hoy said, referring to nine year old gelding, Rutherford.

Riding Darien Powers to Team gold and Individual silver at the 2000 Olympics. Riding Darien Powers to Team gold and Individual silver at the 2000 Olympics.

”He’s a very talented horse though, and I chose a program that I thought gave me the best chance of being selected and stuck to that,''

His aim is to try for a record eighth Olympics…hopefully he will achieve this and be riding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2018!

''When I made my sixth Olympics I thought there might be a possibility of getting the record. But when it comes to representing your country, that's not the record you're aiming for, it's just a nice little extra. The goal is to be successful and produce a world-class performance.'' He’s already won three gold medals, the first Australian since swimmer Dawn Fraser to win three in a row. At the Sydney Olympics, he rode to the chorus of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Hoy, Hoy, Hoy”…a variation of the usual crowd chant.

Sydney individual medallists, Andrew Hoy, David O Sydney individual medallists, Andrew Hoy, David O'Connor (USA) gold, Mark Todd (NZL) bronze. (Kit Houghton Photo)

Andrew Hoy began riding when he was seven years old after borrowing a horse from his uncle. He began to compete seriously when he was 17 and made his international debut at the 1978 World Championships in the USA.

In 2008 he was accused of using spiked boots at an event in Portgual, which he hotly denied, claiming he was set up.

"I'm absolutely convinced someone is out to get me,” he commented at the time. He was later cleared of all charges.

Born: February 8, 1959

Place: Culcairn, NSW, Australia

Married: Separated from German rider, Bettina (nee Overesch) last year

Occupation: Rider, coach, farmer

Height: 172cm (5’8”)

International debut: 1978 at the World Championships, USA

Hobbies: Music, motorbikes, skiing, tennis

Andrew riding his London Olympic mount, Rutherglen. (Peter Nixon/FEI photo) Andrew riding his London Olympic mount, Rutherglen. (Peter Nixon/FEI photo)

ACHIEVEMENTS:

1979 Burghley Horse Trials–1st (Davey)

1981 Melbourne 3 Day Event–1st (Kiwi)

1986 Melbourne 3 Day Event–1st (Kiwi)

1987 Melbourne 3 Day Event–1st (Kiwi)

1991 Melbourne 3 Day event–1st (Kiwi)

2001 Inducted into the Sport of Australia Hall of Fame.

1993 Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM for his service to equestrian sports

2002 Luhmühlen Horse Trials–1st (Moonfleet)

2004 Burghley Horse Trials–1st (Moonfleet)

2006 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event–1st (Master Monarch)

2006 Badminton Horse Trials–1st (Moonfleet)

OLYMPIC ACHIEVEMENTS

1984 Los Angeles, USA–Individual 15th, Team 5th

1988 Seoul, Korea–Individual 8th, Team 5th

1992 Barcelona, Spain–Individual 5th, Team 1st (Kiwi)

1996 Atlanta, USA–Individual 11th, Team 1st (Darian Powers)

1996 Atlanta Flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony

2000 Sydney, Australia–Individual 2nd, Team 1st (Darien Powers)

2004 Olympics, Athens, Greece–57th, Team 6th (Mr Pracatan)

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