Richard Meade: Britain's most successful Olympic equestrian, a towering presence in the world of eventing for two decades


Richard Meade was this country's most successful Olympic equestrian and the first British rider to win an individual Olympic title, which he did at the 1972 Munich Olympics. With his dashing good looks and golden locks he was a linchpin of the British three-day event team for 21 years. In individual and team events he won three Olympic golds as well as five golds, three silvers and two bronzes at the world and European championships. It is a testimony to his skill that he had such longevity in such a physically demanding sport and succeeded on so many different horses.

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