Andrew Hoy

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

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Dressage 41.70 pen; 13th 41.70 13
Cross Country 49.30 pen; 15th 7.60 29
Jumping Qualifier 57.30 pen; 22nd 8.00 Q 33
Jumping Final 57.30 pen; 13th 0.00 1
Final Placing 13 / 74
Team - Open
Dressage 122.10 pen; 2nd; BURTON, C - 46.10 (NS); GRIFFITHS, S - 45.40 (NS); HOY, A - 41.70; FREDERICKS, L - 40.00; FREDERICKS, C - 40.40 122.10 2
Cross Country 173.40 pen; 6th; BURTON, C - 46.10; GRIFFITHS, S - EL (NS); HOY, A - 49.30; FREDERICKS, L - 78.00; FREDERICKS, C - EL (NS) 45.60 6
Jumping Final 186.40 pen; 6th; BURTON, C - 50.10; GRIFFITHS, S - EL (NS); HOY, A - 57.30; FREDERICKS, L - 79.00; FREDERICKS, C - EL (NS) 13.00 6
Final Placing 6 / 13

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Dressage - Day 1 43.60pts 11th
Cross Country 119.40pts 62nd
Jumping Qualifier 135.40pts 57th
Final Placing 57 / 75
Team - Open
Dressage - Day 2 129.40pts 5th
Cross Country 135.40pts 5th
Jumping 185.80pts 6th
Final Placing 6 / 14

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Final (Riding Swizzle In) 39.80pts 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 38
Team - Open
Final (Dutton - Riding House Doctor)(Hoy - Riding Darien Powers)(Ryan - Riding Kibah Sandstone)(Tinney - Riding Jeepster) 146.80pen. 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 12

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Dressage 63.40 pen; 29 63.40 29
Endurance 112.60 pen; 15 49.20 14
Jumping 112.60 pen; 11 0.00 1
Final Placing 11 / 36
Team - Open
Dressage 156.40 pen; 6; SCHAEFFER, W - 49.40; DUTTON, P - 50.60; ROLTON, G - 57.00 (NS); HOY, A - 56.40 156.40 6
Endurance 183.60 pen; 1; SCHAEFFER, W - 61.00; DUTTON, P - 59.40; ROLTON, G - WD (NS); HOY, A - 63.20 27.29 1
Jumping 203.85 pen; 1; SCHAEFFER, W - 61.00; DUTTON, P - 69.40; ROLTON, G - WD (NS); HOY, A - 73.45 20.25 6  
Final Placing 1 / 16

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Dressage 58.80 pen; 23 58.80 23
Cross Country 84.40 pen; 6 25.60 7
Jumping 89.40 pen; 5 5.00 9
Final Placing 5 / 82
Team - Open
Dressage 180.80 pen; 8; RYAN, M - 57.80; HOY, A - 58.80; ROLTON, G - 64.20; GREEN, D - 56.20 (NS) 180.80 8
Cross Country 273.60 pen; 3; RYAN, M - 65.00; HOY, A - 84.40; ROLTON, G - 124.20; GREEN, D - RE (NS) 92.80 2
Jumping 288.60 pen; 3; RYAN, M - 70.00; HOY, A - 89.40; ROLTON, G - 129.20; GREEN, D - RE (NS) 15.00 1  
Final Placing 1 / 18

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Final 89.00pts (8th)
Final Placing 8 / 36
Team - Open
Final 457.60pts (5th)
Final Placing 5 / 10

Los Angeles 1984 - Summer Olympic Games

Individual - Open
Final (Riding Davey) 80.00 (15th)
Final Placing 15 / 48
Team - Open
Final 258.40 (5th)
Final Placing 5 / 11