|Olympic medal record|
|Gold||1968 Mexico City||Team Event|
|Gold||1972 Munich||Team Event|
|Gold||1972 Munich||Individual Event|
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.
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.
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. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton were in attendance at the wedding.
- British Olympic Association
- SR/Olympic Sports. Accessed 21 May 2012
- RSPCA expels Richard Meade - igreens.org.uk, 14 June 2001
- "Duke of Cambridge's best man to marry earl's daughter". Daily Telegraph.
- Anna Edwards, Back to being a mother! Pippa Middleton joins Princes William and Harry at society wedding... but Kate and Prince George are nowhere to be seen, The Daily Mail, 14 September 2013
John Dawes / Wales national rugby union team / Welsh Lions
|BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year