Matthew Ryan (equestrian)

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Matthew Ryan
Matt Ryan Bonza Moorabinda Treasure Chests Houghton 2013.jpg
Matt Ryan and Bonza Moorabinda at the Treasure Chests during the cross-country phase of the CIC*** competition at Houghton International Horse Trials 2013.
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Three-day team
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Three-day individual
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Three-day team

Matthew "Matt" Morgan Ryan, OAM[1] (born 3 June 1964 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Olympic-level equestrian rider. He is a triple Olympic gold medalist who competed for Australia. Matt has three older brothers, including the internationally successful eventer and dressage rider, Heath Ryan. In 1984. he travelled to Britain to train with the great Richard Meade, before returning home the following year, and then went back to the UK in 1989 to set up a stable.

He has won three Olympic gold medals, two at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and one at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Additionally, he finished 8th at the 1992 Badminton Horse Trials, was selected for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (but had to withdraw a few days before competition due to horse injury), and was the reserve rider for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Matt has a daughter called Millie and a dog called Wombat. He is currently going through a divorce with Marie Ryan. A few of his other major Badminton Horse Trials results are: 2nd 1995 Kibah Tic Toc, 4th 2007 Bonza Katoomba, 8th 2008 Bonza Puzzle. One of his up-and-coming young horses is Bonza Kingscanyon, who is being campaigned at novice level.

Ryan was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Ryan appeared in Episode 4 Series 4 of the British reality TV show, The Hotel, as a guest on a family holiday in Torquay, UK where he opened the beach party.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ryan, Matthew Morgan". It's an Honour. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Matt Ryan OAM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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