Blyth Tait

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Blyth Tait

New Zealand
  • 59 - Bear Necessity V


British-based New Zealand Olympic rider Blyth Tait (55) completed Badminton last year (13th Bear Necessity V) on his first return to the venue since 2003 and the pair then completed Burghley (11th). The former double World Champion and Olympic individual gold medallist who is based near Cheltenham has formerly been second at Badminton on three occasions.

Blyth grew up in the town of Whangarei, in the North Island of New Zealand. After developing his skills through his involvement with show jumping and thoroughbred racing, he moved into the world of eventing. In 1989 with Messiah, he travelled to the UK to prepare for the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Sweden. That year he was second at Badminton (Messiah) and went on to win double gold at the WEG (Ready Teddy). This allowed Blyth the opportunity to remain in the UK and continue to establish his career. At the 1992 Olympic Games he won individual bronze and team silver and at Atlanta in 1996 won individual gold with Ready Teddy and team bronze (Chesterfield). In 1998 he won World individual and team gold medals for a second time at the WEG in Rome. Blyth was awarded the prestigious NZ Olympic Londsdale Cup, was flag bearer for the NZ Olympic team in Sydney and has been honoured with an MBE. During this time Blyth won Burghley twice; in 1998 with Chesterfield (when he also finished second with Aspyring) and in 2001 with Ready Teddy, his gold medal winning partner from the 2006 Atlanta Olympics. After his fourth Olympic Games appearance in Athens 2004, Blyth retired from eventing and returned to New Zealand to concentrate on breeding racehorses. Amongst the many winners he bred and sold was dual Group 1 winner Nashville. He was also the performance manager for the New Zealand eventing team. Blyth returned to competition in 2011 and is now based back in the UK.

Blyth trains with Isobel Wessels and Luis Alverez

Bear Necessity V owned by Ronnie Bartlett and rider, is a12-year-old Dutch-bred gelding of unverified breeding and has been ridden by Blyth since 2012.



Bear Necessity V

Netherlands, 2005
16.2hh , bay , gelding

Owner(s): Ronnie Bartlett, Glasgow, Scotland
& Rider

Notable Results

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 11th Bear Necessity V

2016 – Gatcombe CIC3* 8th Bear Necessity V

2016 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 14th bear Necessity V

2016 – Burnham Market 19th Bear Necessity V

2016 – Burgham CIC3* 18th Xanthus

2015 – Pau CCI4* 15th Bear Necessity V

2015 – Boekelo CICO3* 2nd Xanthus

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 28th Bear Necessity V

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 23rd Xanthus

2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 32nd Xanthus

2004 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Eze

2004 – Athens OG  18th Ready Teddy

2004 – Punchestown CCI3* 1st Ready Teddy, CCI** 1st Eze

2003 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Eze

2002 – Jerez WEG El Ready Teddy

2002 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Rongotai

2001 – Blenheim CCI3* 8th Haka

2001 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Ready Teddy

2000 – Bramham CCI2* 2nd Chesterfield

2000 – Kentucky CCI4* 1st Welton Envoy

2000 – Sydney OG 8th Welton Envoy

1999 – Kentucky CCI4* 2nd Aspyring

1998 – Rome WEG 1 Ready Teddy

1998 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Chesterfield, 2nd Aspyring

1996 – Atlanta OG ind gold Ready Teddy, team bronze Chesterfield

1992 – Barcelona OG 3rd Messiah (team silver)


2016 – 13th Bear Necessity V

2003 – 38th Eze

2002 – w/d Welton Envoy

1999 – Ret Ready Teddy

1998 – 9th Aspyring, 36th Ready Teddy

1997 – 4th Chesterfield

1996 – 5th Chesterfield

1994 – 2nd Delta III

1993 – 2nd Ricochet, 15th Delta III

1990 – 2nd Messiah