Story: Equestrianism and horse sports

Blyth Tait competing at the Athens Olympics, 2004

Blyth Tait competing at the Athens Olympics, 2004

The sport of eventing began in New Zealand in the 1950s, and became well-known outside the equestrian world when Mark Todd on Charisma won individual gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. The New Zealand Olympic team also competed successfully, winning bronze in 1988, 1996 and 2012, and silver in 1992. Blyth Tait won the individual bronze in 1992 and gold in 1996. He is pictured here competing in the team jumping event in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, watched by teammates Andrew Nicholson (third from left) and Mark Todd (right). The New Zealand team came fifth that year. 

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Carolyn Mincham, 'Equestrianism and horse sports - Equestrianism and horse sports overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2020)

Story by Carolyn Mincham, published 5 Sep 2013