After Australia’s equestrian team won the three-day event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, crowd members were chanting: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Hoy, Hoy, Hoy.” They were congratulating all four members of the team, but this variation on the normal cry was a salute to Andrew Hoy, who had just become the first Australian other than Dawn Fraser to win three gold medals in a row. Afterwards, alongside team-mates Phillip Dutton, Matt Ryan and Stuart Tinney, Hoy said: “One thing that’s contributed to my riding was that I grew up on a farm and was chasing sheep and cattle around a paddock.” Hoy came from Culcairn, NSW, and was competing on horseback at the age of seven, with a horse borrowed from his uncle. A member of the Australian teams at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, he won his first gold in the 1992 Barcelona three-day team event, in company with Matt Ryan and Gillian Rolton.
In Atlanta in 1996, after carrying the Australian flag in the Opening Ceremony, Hoy was a member of the team (with Dutton, Rolton and Wendy Schaeffer) that won back-to-back gold in the three-day event. In Sydney in 2000 the Australians rode superbly in every phase, and led all the way to win. Hoy went on to compete at the Athens 2004 Olympics although finishing outside the medals at these Games. In 2012, Hoy made history as the first Australian to compete at seven Olympic Games, when he competed with his horse Rutherglen.
Harry Gordon, AOC historian