Richard Meade

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Olympic medal record
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team Event
Gold 1972 Munich Team Event
Gold 1972 Munich Individual Event

Richard Hannay Meade, OBE (born 4 December 1936[1]) is a British equestrian expert and Olympic gold medal winning rider. He was the first British rider to have won an individual Olympic gold medal.


Early life[edit]

He was born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. His parents were joint masters of the Curre Hounds at Itton. He was educated at Lancing College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he took an Engineering degree. He served in the 11th Hussars and later worked in the City of London.[2]

Equestrian career[edit]

In 1964, he won the Burghley Horse Trials on Barberry. Meade was a member of Britain's gold medal winning team in the three-day event at both the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics, and won the individual gold in 1972. He also competed in the 1964 and 1976 Olympics. He twice won the Badminton Horse Trials, in 1970 on The Poacher and in 1982 on Speculator III. In 1972 he was voted BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.


In 2001, the RSPCA expelled Meade for organising a campaign to encourage supporters of fox hunting to join so as to put pressure on the society to change its policy.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On 14 September 2013, his son, James Meade, married Lady Laura Marsham, daughter of Julian Charles Marsham, 8th Earl of Romney at St Nicholas' Church in Gayton, Norfolk.[4][5] Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton were in attendance at the wedding.[5]


Preceded by
Wales John Dawes / Wales national rugby union team / Welsh Lions
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Wales Berwyn Price