Equestrianism, which is also commonly known as horseback riding, horse riding, or simply riding, is a set of skills that refer to driving, riding, steeplechasing, and vaulting with horses. This is a very broad description which refers to the use of horses for transportation, recreation, practical purposes, cultural and artistic exercises, as well as competitive sport. And within the competitive sports, there are numerous categories.
One thing in common with all of these activities are equestrians. Equestrians are people who ride horses during these activities and they can be both male and female. This is one of the oldest sports in existence, as well as an Olympic sport, so equestrians can become quite famous worldwide.
Keep reading for a list of the most famous equestrians ever, along with their biographies and achievements.
Valentina Truppa was born in Milan, Italy on March 18, 1986. She is one of the most famous dressage rides in Italy and in the world. Her greatest achievements include representing her home country at Summer Olympics twice – once in 2012 and another time in 2016. In 2012, she achieved the best Olympic result in her career when she got 15th place individually.
Valentina Truppa also competed at World Equestrian Games in 2014 and at the European Dressage Championship twice – once in 2011 and another time in 2013. In 2013, she was 12th overall in team competitions, while individually her best position was 16th in 2011. On top of all of that, Truppa also competed at the Dressage World Cup finals two times, snatching the 3rd place in 2012.
Jill Henselwood was born in Canada on November 1, in 1962. She is today a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team and primarily competes in show jumping.
She participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when she won the silver medal. She rode her equally famous horse named Special Ed. At the time, she was a part of the Canadian national team in team jumping, along with other famous equestrians such as Eric Lamaze, Mac Cone, and Ian Millar.
Today, she resides in Oxford Mills, in Ontario. Her horse that she has won most of her medals with is an Oldenburg and was born in Germany, in 1994.
Abdulah bin Mutaib bin Abdulah Al Suad
Abdulah bin Mutaib was born on October 13, 1984, and is a member of House of Suad and a Saudi show jumper. He is the son of Suadi Minister of National Guard, Mutaib bin Abdullah. So far, he has participated in a great number of show jumping competitions. In 2008, he competed at the Summer Olympic in Beijing, as well as at London Olympic in 2012. In 2012, the Saudi’s equestrian show jumping team won a bronze medal, including Prince Abdullah. In total, Prince Abdullah finished his round with 13 faults.
Equestrianism is a notable sport in the world today and equestrians become popular within and beyond the sport. These are just three of the many popular equestrians worldwide, to get you started if you wish to explore more.