Andrew Hoy, Australian event rider

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    Andrew was born in New South Wales, Australia, in 1959 and sprang to prominence with a win at Burghley on Davey in 1979.

    He has gone on to represent Australia numerous times, winning team gold medals at three Olympics (1992, 1996 and 2000), as well as individual silver in 2000 on Swizzle In and team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and the 1986 World Championships.

    He won Burghley again in 2004 on Moon Fleet and Badminton in 2006 with the same horse.

    That year he also won Kentucky on Master Monarch and so came close to becoming the second person (after Pippa Funnell) to take the $250,000 bonus for winning the Rolex Grand Slam (Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley consecutively). But in the end his efforts were thwarted and he could only finish second at Burghley.

    Andrew was also British open champion in 1997 on the fabulous grey Darien Powers.

    Andrew is separated from his wife German eventer Bettina (n ©e Overesch). They were based in Gloucestershire at a yard rented from Mark Phillips for many years, but couldn’t find a suitable home in Britain when they left there, so moved to Germany for the 2009 season. Andrew is now based in Britain again, near Swindon.

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