Seven-times Australian Olympian Andrew Hoy (58), who is based near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, is a former winner of Badminton – 2006 (Moonfleet). He last competed here in 2015. Last year at Burghley he was 20th with Rutherglen.
Andrew first represented his country at the 1978 World Championships and since 1984 has represented Australia at seven Olympic Games. He won Olympic team gold in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) where he carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony and Sydney (2000) when the Australian team made history as the first to win three consecutive Games and he won individual silver. He became the first Australian since Dawn Fraser to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event. He also competed in Athens (2004) and with Rutherglen finished individual 13th at London 2012 and was the highest placed of the Australian team. He also has two World team bronze medals (Gawler ’86 & Aachen 2006). In 2001 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in Melbourne. He has also won both Badminton (2006) and Burghley (1979 & 2006).
Andrew, born in 1959 in Culcairn, New South Wales, started riding aged 7 on his parent’s farm and ten years later began his competitive career. It was the diminutive Davey, acquired when he was 13 that gave him his first major success. Four years later the pair competed at the Melbourne three-day event and in 1979 came to England and won Burghley having been eliminated at Badminton earlier in the year. His first Badminton completion came in 1996 with Darien Powers. In 1992 Andrew settled in the UK and was based at Gatcombe. He was formerly married to German team rider Bettina Hoy from who he is divorced.
Out of riding Andrew enjoys motorbikes, travelling and cooking.
Rutherglen, owned by The Rutherglen Syndicate and rider, is a 14-year-old Hanoverian bred in Germany by Gerhard Oestermann from Lübbecke. Rutherglen is by Ramires, a grandson of Ramiro out of the mare Ramona who is by the German-bred Thoroughbred Roncalli and was acquired by Andrew when a four-year-old.
The Blue Frontier, owned by Barbara Keller, is a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the Thoroughbred, New Frontier (a son of Saddlers Wells) out of the Irish Draught mare Roma Blue Wind by the Irish Draught sire Blue Henry. He was originally competed in junior and young rider Europeans by Polish rider Tatiana Elzanowska and in 2013 acquired by Sandra Auffarth who took him to three-star level. Andrew Hoy gained he ride at the end of 2014.
16.3hh , dark brown , gelding
Dam Ramona (Roncalli xx)
Breeder Gerhard Oestermann
The Rutherglen Syndicate, Swindon, Wilts.
The Blue Frontier
16.2hh , grey , gelding
Sire New Frontier
Dam Rona Blue Wind (Blue Henry)
Breeder Moira Mckenna
Owner(s): Barbara Keller, Zürich, Switzerland