J. Michael Plumb
Originally from Syosset, New York, Mike Plumb got his start with the Meadow Brooks Hounds Pony Club where he earned his "A" rating. He began his career competing three-day horses more than 40 years ago with the 1959 Pan American Games, which took place in Chicago, as his first international competition. Since then he has been named to a record eight United States Olympic teams, marching in more opening ceremonies than any other Olympic athlete, equestrian or otherwise. Mike rode in his first Olympic Games in 1960, at the age of 20. He was named to every Olympic three-day team from that Games through 1984, earning six medals: team silver in 1964 at Tokyo on a catch ride; team silver again in both 1968 and 1972; team gold and individual silver in 1976; and team gold again in 1984.
"Mike was the rider you wanted to go into the trenches with," said fellow Hall of Famer Jim Wofford, who rode with Mike on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. "You knew he was going to finish, and that he was going to finish with a good score."
Mike was also a member of several Pan American Games squads, winning team gold in 1963 and individual and team gold in 1967. His international career also spanned several World Championships, including team and individual silver medals in 1974, and team bronze in 1978 and 1982.
Mike comes from a family of riders. His dad, Charles Plumb, was a prominent steeplechase rider. (Mike himself placed second in the prestigious Maryland Hunt Cup in 1977, a race his father had previously won.) His son, Charlie, has also been quite successful in the three-day arena.
Mike has earned the USEA's Leading Rider of the Year Award ten times, has trained his students to achieve the same award, and continues to gain admiration and respect from his peers.
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