Olympic Equestrian Medal Contenders

Top Olympic Equestrian Competitors

Who are the riders amongst the latest crop of Olympic Equestrians? Here's a look at the top Olympic Equestrian contenders from the last decade.

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    Ian Millar

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    Ian Millar of Canada riding Star Power competes in the Individual Jumping Equestrian on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

    The Beijing Olympics was 'Captain Canada's ' 9th Olympic Games and his experience paid off with a silver medal in the team show jumping. Millar rode Dutch bred, In Style. Millar rode again in 2012 Olympics at age 68. Surprisingly, he is not the oldest Olympic Equestrian. That honor belongs to dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu. Millar missed out on the Rio 2016 Olympics because his horse was recovering from an illness. Another Millar, his daughter Amy, rode for Canada. 

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    Mark Todd

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    Mark Todd of New Zealand riding Leonidas Ii. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

    After coming out of eight years retirement following the 2000 Syndey Olympics, Mark Todd garnered a lot of attention. He's won two golds, a silver and 2 bronze medals and 2 golds and a silver at the World Equestrian Games. The eventing community was excited to see if his participation would put New Zealand in 2008 in line for a team medal. With Todd and Gandalf as inspiration, it was hoped that the team would be on the podium.

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    Beezie Madden

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    Beezie Madden of the USA riding Vanilla. Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

    Life long experience with horses combined with hard work and a generous horse have contributed to Madden's show jumping success. Madden's show records are impressive. She's the worlds most successful female show jumper. Madden and 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Authentic. This pair helped win a gold medal in 2004. They earned an individual bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in the  2008 Beijing Olympics.

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    Steffen Peters

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    Steffen Peters of the United States riding Legolas 92 competes in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Game. Rob Carr / Getty Images

    Peters is a three-time Olympian whose accomplishments include a bronze team medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. At that time he rode Floriano, a pairing that was a formidable presence on the international dressage circuit. In the 2004 Olympics he rode Raval, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding who has impressed the judges in freestyle events. At the Rio Olympics in 2016, Peters was part of the bronze medal dressage team on Legolas 92. 

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    Anky van Grunsven

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    Anky van Grunsven of Netherlands riding Salinero competes in the Individual Dressage on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

    Anky van Grunsven, who rode riding Salinero, is a member of the same Dutch team that took home team gold at the 2007 European Championships in Turin, Italy. She has been a top competitor for Holland for several years now, despite in 2006 being accused and cleared of allegations of using 'rollkur', a controversial training method that makes horses hyper-bend their necks.She brought home a team silver and individual gold from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  2012 in London was van Grunsven's sixth Olympics and rumored to be her last. Prior to the London Olympics she brought home six medals that include gold. She only rider to earn three Olympic wins in the same event. Her top horses were Bonfire and Salinero. In addition to dressage, van Grunsven has also competed in the sport of reining, earning a spot on the Dutch reining team. 

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    Silver medalist Peder Fredricson of Sweden, gold medalist Nick Skelton of Great Britain, bronze medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada. Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

    Names that consistently appear in the lists of top contender are Nick Skelton of Great Britain, Eric Lamaze of Canada and Peder Fredricson of Sweden. Lamaze tragically lost his horse Hickstead following a competition. However, with a new horse, he collected bronze medals in both the team and individual show jumping competitions at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

    Nick Skelton, one of the oldest riders at the Rio games, won an individual gold medal in showjumping. Rio was Skelton's seventh Olympic games.

    Rio was Peder Fredricson's second Olympic games. He has won a team silver in showjumping in London, and then won an individual silver at the Rio Olympics.