David Broome

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David Broome
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze 1960 Rome Individual jumping
Bronze 1968 Mexico Individual jumping
World Championships
Bronze 1960 Venice Individual jumping
Gold 1970 La Baule Individual jumping
Gold 1978 Aachen Team jumping
Bronze 1982 Dublin Team jumping
Bronze 1990 Stockholm Team jumping
European Championships
Gold 1961 Aachen Individual jumping
Gold 1967 Rotterdam Individual jumping
Gold 1969 Hickstead Individual jumping
Silver 1977 Vienna Team jumping
Gold 1979 Rotterdam Team jumping
Silver 1983 Hickstead Team jumping
Silver 1991 La Baule Team jumping
David Broome on Sportsman in Amsterdam 1975

David McPherson Broome CBE (born 1 March 1940) is a retired Welsh show jumping champion.

Broome was born in Wales, attended Monmouth School and still maintains his stables at Mount Ballan Manor, Crick, near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. He won the European championships in 1961, 1967, and 1969, individual Olympic bronze medals in 1960 and 1968, the latter on his best-known horse Mr Softee, on which he was only two fences (8 faults) behind the Gold medal position. In 1960 he was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He won the World individual championship in 1970, and in the same year was Western Mail Welsh Sports Personality of the year. In 1978 he was part of the world championship winning British team. He turned professional in 1973. David Broome has won the King George V Gold Cup a record six times on six different horses between 1960–1991, a record yet to be equalled. He has enjoyed most of his success on Irish Sport Horses and he has said his favourite horse of all was Sportsman.

Broome is still active in the administration of the sport. In 2013, he became president of the British Showjumping Association.

Major achievements[edit]

  • Olympic Games
    • 1960 Rome: Individual Bronze medal on Sunsalve
    • 1968 Mexico: Individual Bronze medal on Mister Softee
    • 1988 Seoul: Equal 4th place on Countryman
  • World championships
    • 1960 Venice: Individual Bronze medal on Sunsalve
    • 1970 La Baule: Individual Gold medal on Beethoven
    • 1978 Aachen: Team Gold medal on Philco
    • 1982 Dublin: Team Bronze medal on Mr Ross
    • 1990 Stockholm: Team Bronze medal on Lannegan
  • European championships
    • 1961 Aachen: Individual Gold medal on Sunsalve
    • 1967 Rotterdam: Individual Gold medal on Mister Softee
    • 1969 Hickstead: Individual Gold medal on Mister Softee
    • 1977 Vienna: Team Silver medal on Philco
    • 1979 Rotterdam: Team Gold medal on Queensway Big Q
    • 1983 Hickstead: Team Silver medal on Mr Ross
    • 1991 La Baule: Team Silver medal on Lannegan
  • FEI World Cup
    • World Cup Jumping League Winner 1979/80 with Queensway Big Q and Sportsman
  • World Cup qualifier wins
    • 1978/1979 's-Hertogenbosch on Philco
    • 1979/1980 Birmingham on Sportsman
    • 1979/1980 Wien on Philco
    • 1979/1980 Bordeaux on Queensway Big Q
    • 1979/1980 Amsterdam on Sportsman
    • 1980/1981 Olympia (London) on Philco
    • 1981/1982 London (Olympia) on Philco
    • 1981/1982 Dublin on Mr Ross
    • 1983/1984 Amsterdam on Last Resort
  • 1966 Hickstead Derby winner on Mister Softee
  • King George V Gold Cup
    • 1960 on Sunsalve
    • 1966 on Mister Softee
    • 1972 on Sportsman
    • 1977 on Philco
    • 1981 on Mr Ross
    • 1991 on Lannegan
  • International Grand Prix wins include:
    • 1960 Dublin on Sunsalve
    • 1967 Dublin on Mr Softee
    • 1968 Dublin on Mr Softee
    • 1970 La Baule on Beethoven
    • 1973 St.Gallen on Manhattan
    • 1975 Olympia (London) on Philco
    • 1977 Dublin on Philco
    • 1979 Amsterdam on Sportsman
    • 1979 Dublin on Sportsman
    • 1981 Olympia (London) on Philco
    • 1980 Olympia (London) on Philco
    • 1983 Amsterdam on Last Resort
    • 1981 Dublin on Queensway Big Q
    • 1981 Spruce Meadows on Queensway Philco
    • 1981 Horse of the Year Show (Wembley Arena) on Mr Ross


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Preceded by
Wales Tony Lewis
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Wales John Dawes / Wales national rugby union team / Welsh Lions
Preceded by
John Surtees
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Stirling Moss