Hall of Fame

Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson was a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team for more than 30 years, first making the team in 1971 when he was 18 years old. He was a member of two Olympic gold medal teams, 1976 and 1984, and earned two Olympic silver team medals in 1972 and 1996. In 1974, riding Irish Cap, Davidson was the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in England. As a result of his win in the Championships, the U.S was awarded the privilege of hosting the World Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1978. Davidson defended his title aboard Might Tango and became the only rider to ever win back-to-back World Championship titles.

Davidson represented the U.S. at two Pan American Games, winning both the individual and the team silver medal at the 1975 Games in Mexico City. At the 1995 Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires, he earned individual gold and the team silver medal once again. Davidson competed at the prestigious Badminton CCI4* seven times and in 1995 became the first American winner. He also added multiple wins at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to his extensive record and holds the record for number of wins at Kentucky Three-Day Event with six victories.

Davidson was the highest placed rider in the World FEI rankings in 1993 and 1995, and he was named the USEA Rider of the Year every year from 1980 to 1995. In 2002, Davidson was named one of the 50 most influential horsemen of the 20th century by The Chronicle of the Horse. Davidson currently resides at his Chesterland Farm in Pennsylvania where he breeds horses, trains students and horses, and continues to ride.

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