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Captain Mark Phillips

Captain Mark Phillips began his successful equestrian career when he rode in The Beaufort Hunt Pony Club Team for five successive years, reaching the final on three occasions. He went on to win Team Gold Medals at the Olympics, World and European Championships, as well as winning Badminton four times and Burghley once. In addition to being one of the world's leading three day event riders, Captain Phillips has also represented Great Britain in the showjumping arena in two winning Nation's Cup Teams.

After riding with the British Three Day Event Olympic Team that won the silver medal for the Seoul Olympic Games in September 1988, Captain Phillips announced his retirement from international competition.

In addition to his competition successes, Captain Phillips is also an enthusiastic teacher and is in great demand all over the World, including Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Spain, Japan and South America.

In 1988, the Mark Phillips Equestrian Centre was opened at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. The first of its kind, the riding academy embraces all levels of equestrianism, from the novice to the professional. Captain Phillips now consults for a number of similar developments around the World.

Captain Phillips trained both the Spanish Olympic Team and the British Three Day Event squad for Barcelona in 1992.

In March 1993 the United States Equestrian Team appointed Captain Phillips as Chef d'Equipe and Coach for Three Day Eventing. He was also appointed Course Advisor to the American Horse Shows Association, making him responsible for the safety and design of all Upper Level fences in North America. After winning Team Silver and Individual Bronze medals in Atlanta and then Team Bronze and Individual Gold in Sydney, the USET re-appointed Captain Phillips as Chef d'Equipe and in September 2002 the Team won Gold at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, for the first time in 28 years. This was followed by Team Bronze and Individual Silver at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Following this success Captain Phillips contract has been extended through to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. In 2003 the US riders filled the first 10 places at the Pan American Championships at Fair Hill.

In order to put something back into the sport that he loves and that has given him so much pleasure over the years, Captain Phillips agreed to organise Horse Trials at his home at Gatcombe Park and since 1983 he has played host to the UK's premier One Day Horse Trials. He personally designs the exciting cross-country course, which has proved extremely popular with both riders and spectators alike. In 1986 the Event became the British Open Horse Trials Championships, incorporating the National Championships and making it open to overseas riders. Today it is the Festival of British Eventing and also includes the British Intermediate and Novice Championships.

In 1989 he designed a highly successful course for the European Championships at Burghley where he remained the course designer there until 2000 and has been re-appointed for 2005 - 2007. In 1991 he designed the course for the Pan American Games. He is designing numerous courses in Great Britian and the USA as well as Germany, France and New Zealand.

As one of the World's leading authorities on equestrianism, Captain Phillips has written two books on the sport: Captain Mark Phillips on Riding (1986) and The Horse and Hound Book of Eventing (1993), in addition to producing the successful television series "Start Riding", filmed at Gleneagles in 1991. He also writes a bi-weekly column in Britain's leading equestrian magazine, Horse and Hound.

Captain Phillips joined the Queen's Dragoon Guards in 1969 and served in the army until 1978 when he retired and started his new career as a farmer and equestrian consultant. From his marriage to HRH The Princess Royal in 1973, he has two children Peter and Zara. He married Sandy (Pflueger) in 1997 and has a daughter, Stephanie.

Date Event Horse
1967 4th Burghley Rock On
1968 4th Badminton - Reserve Rider Mexico Olympics Rock On

7th European Championships - Haras du Pin (France)
Rock On

11th World Championships - Punchestown (Ireland) and Winning Team

1st Badminton - 7th European Championships Burghley (GB) and Winning Team
Great Ovation

1st Badminton - Olympic Gold Medal (Team)Munich
Great Ovation

1st Burghley
Maid Marion
1974 1st Badminton - World Championships Burghley (GB) Team 2nd - withdrawn after cross-country with hock injury when leading individual Columbus
1975 2nd Burghley Gretna Green
1976 3rd Badminton - Reserve Rider Montreal Olympics (Favour & Persian Holiday) Favour

National Champion (One Day) withdrew from National Team as Persian Holiday had a virus.
Persian Holiday

4th King George V Gold Cup 2 winning Nations Cups Teams La Baule (France) and Calgary (Canada)
1979 1st Windsor CCI Lauriman
1980 Alternative Olympics Fontainbleu (France) Lincoln
1981 1st Badminton Lincoln
1983 1st Wylye CCI
2nd Wylye CCI Going Places
1984 1st Grand Prix in Tokyo CSI & 1st Windsor Horse Trials
1st British National Novice Championships Fieldsman
1985 1st Chatsworth CCI Distinctive
1986 7th Lexington CCI (USA) Cartier
1987 8th European Championship Cartier
1988 Olympic Silver Medal (Team) Seoul Cartier
1989 Breda CCI 4th & Tokyo CSI 3rd Grand Prix Frosty


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