Greg Best

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Greg Best
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Full nameGregory Alan Best
BornJuly 23, 1964 (1964-07-23) (age 58)
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.

Gregory Alan Best (born July 23, 1964, in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an equestrian competitor and coach in the sport of show jumping who won two silver medals for the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea[1] riding the famous Gem Twist. In 1992, Best suffered a fall that shattered his shoulder.[2] After this, he moved to New Zealand, where he rode for the New Zealand League, winning the World Cup Series. He has also served as a New Zealand National Show Jumping Selector, a National Show Jumping Coach and a member of the New Zealand Show Jumping High Performance Committee.[3] Best coached New Zealand's jumpers for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.[4] Between 1987 and 2003, Best also garnered 6 FEI World Cup wins. He now conducts coaching clinics in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Along with Gem Twist, horses named Santos and Entrepreneur have been among his champion mounts.

Best graduated from Gill St. Bernard's School in 1982. He has been a resident of Flemington, New Jersey.[5]


  • 1984 – Won the North American Young Rider Championships
  • 1985 – USET Talent Derby
  • 1986 – USET Foundation Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award
  • 1987 – American Grand Prix Association Champion, Grand Prix of Florida, Grand Prix of Tampa
  • 1987 – Team silver Pan American Games
  • 1988 – Individual and team silver for show jumping in Seoul Summer Olympic Games
  • 1990 – Final four in the World Equestrian Games
  • 2001/2002 season – winner FEI World Cup Jumping – Pacific League – New Zealand


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Greg Best". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 2, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Gem Twist, U.S. Star, To Take His Final Bows". Finn, Robin. The New York Times. October 28, 1997. Referenced January 25, 2010.
  3. ^ Greg Best returns to CSU Archived 2009-09-11 at the Wayback Machine, Colorado State University, retrieved January 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Show Jumpers Named to New Zealand Olympic Equestrian Team, New Zealand Olympic Committee, retrieved January 25, 2010.
  5. ^ Turmelle, Luther. "The Best; Olympic horseman returns to alma mater, displays medal", Courier News, November 19, 1988. Accessed April 7, 2021, via "When Olympic silver medalist Greg Best graduated from the prestigious Gill-St. Bernard's school here in 1982, he didn't leave on horseback. But yesterday morning, the Flemington resident returned to his alma mater that way."