Happy retirement, Blyth Tait! His stellar career in pictures…

  • When Blyth Tait announced his retirement from eventing at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show in his native New Zealand, where he was competing in showjumping classes (11 March), it marked the end of a truly remarkable career.

    Now aged 58, Blyth has a huge list of accolades to his name.

    Born in Whangarei, by the age of 29 in 1992 he held the world number one ranking, a position he maintained for a decade. He won individual gold on Ready Teddy at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, team silver at Barcelona in 1992, collecting two Olympic bronze medals along the way, and was also twice a winner of Burghley Horse Trials.

    He also won team and individual gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, riding Messiah.

    At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona he won individual bronze and team silver and then topped those up at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta with a team bronze and individual gold.

    Blyth once again won double gold at the World Equestrian Games in Rome in 1998.

    Here is a look at just some of the highlights from his illustrious career…

    Blyth and Messiah at the 1990 WEG

    Blyth Tait on Messiah at WEG 1990 H&H 14/4/2011 pub orig

    Blyth on Ready Teddy at Belton Horse Trials in 2000

    Blyth Tait on Ready Teddy, Belton Horse Trials, 2000

    Blyth and Ready Teddy


    Blyth riding Chesterfield at the Atlanta Olympics

    UNITED STATES - JULY 23: MILITARY: Team ATLANTA 1996 23.7.96, Blyth TAIT/IRL & CHESTERFIELD (Photo by Henri Szwarc/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    Blyth with his two gold medals after the 1990 WEg in Stockholm


    With Ready Teddy

    Blyth Tait and Ready Teddy

    With Ready Teddy in the dressage at Badminton

    Blyth Tait and Ready Teddy

    Blyth and Chesterfield negotiate the water at the Atlanta Olympics

    ATLANTA, UNITED STATES - JULY 23: New Zealand's Blyth Tait and mount Chesterfield negotiate the water jump at the "Georgia International Horse Park" course during the team endurance test on day two of the three day event. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)

    Blyth with his bronze medal-winning teammates in Atlanta — from left Vaughn Jefferis, Vicky Latta, Blyth and Andrew Nicholson

    ATLANTA, UNITED STATES - JULY 22: New Zealand's bronze medal winners from left Vaughn Jefferis,Vicky Latta,Blyth Tait and Andrew Nicholson display their medals won for the team three day event at the Georgia International Horse Park. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)

    Silver medallist Sally Clark of New Zealand, compatriot, gold medalist Blyth Tait, and bronze medalist Kerry Millikin of the US pose on the podium after receiving their medals at Atlanta Olympics

    ATLANTA, GA - JULY 26: (L-R) Silver medalist Sally Clark of New Zealand, compatriot, gold medalist Blyth Tait, and bronze medalist Kerry Millikin of the US pose on the podium after receiving their medals for the Olympic Individual Jumping event 26 July in Atlanta. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Photo credit should read MICHAEL JUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

    Ready Teddy in full flight

    Blyth Tait and Ready Teddy

    Blyth was the New Zealand team flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney

    15 Sep 2000: Flag Bearer and Equestrian competitor Blyth Tait leads round the New Zealand Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport

    Blyth riding Santos II in 2011 — a horse he rode up to five-star level

    SANTOS II Tait, Blyth (NZL)

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