Torrance Watkins

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Torrance Watkins
Personal information
Other names Torrance Fleischmann[1]
Nationality American
Discipline Eventing
Born July 30, 1949 (1949-07-30) (age 67)[1]
Height 5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Weight 106 lb (48 kg; 7 st 8 lb)
Horse(s) Poltroon, Finvarra

Torrance Watkins (born July 30, 1949)[1] is an American equestrian and Olympic champion. Formerly known as Torrance Fleischmann, she won a team gold medal in eventing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and finished 4th in the individual contest.[1]

Early years[edit]

Watkins is the daughter of August and Torrance Watkins (Sr.); she has three brothers: Richardson, Thornton, and August Jr.[2] Her family was full of horsemen, many of them foxhunters, and she began riding to the hounds at the age of four. She then lived in Peru during her teenage years, and graduated from the University of Denver.

International accomplishments[edit]

Watkins made her international debut in the 1970s, and her career spanned into the 1990s. Her two most famous horses include the pinto mare Poltroon, and the ex-racehorse Finvarra. Her accomplishments include:

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

1980[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

  • USCTA Leading Lady
  • Los Angeles Olympic Games, team gold, fourth place individually, only US rider to have a double-clear cross-country and stadium round

1985[edit]

1986[edit]

2003[edit]

  • First woman to be inducted into the US Eventing Hall of Fame

Other notable accomplishments[edit]

Watkins finished second at the Burghley Horse Trials and fourth at the Badminton Horse Trials. She is a licensed course designer, having designed such courses as the CDCTA 3-Day and Intermediate Horse Trials, and the GMHA Preliminary and Intermediate Horse Trial courses. She also organized the Over the Walls Horse Trials for five years at Great Meadowbrook Farm, which was a CIC*** World Cup qualifier in 2004 and was used as a selection trial for Canadian and U.S. Equestrian Teams for the Olympic and World Equestrian Games.

Personal life[edit]

Watkins married Charles Fleischmann in February 1981;[3] she competed under his last name in the 1984 Olympics.[1]

In June 1995, Watkins and her partner Erik Fleming purchased a 105-acre (42 ha) property in Hardwick, Massachusetts, which they named Morningfield Farm. The couple later acquired three adjacent parcels of land. In 1998, they bought a 365-acre (148 ha) farm which they called Great Meadowbrook.[4]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Torrance Watkins Fleischmann". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Torrance Watkins Sr.". The Chronicle of the Horse. September 23, 2005. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Charles Fleischmann to Wed Miss Watkins". The New York Times. January 4, 1981. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Beautiful mornings; Love of horses and the land bring couple to Hardwick". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, MA. March 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015.