US Olympian Amy Tryon dies at 42

Amy Tryon at the Burghley Horse Trials in England in 2009.
Amy Tryon on Leyland at the Burghley Horse Trials in England in 2009. © Jan Milne

US three-day-event rider Amy Tryon has died at the age of 42 from an undisclosed cause.

The Washington-based rider died in her sleep this morning (April 12).

Born in Redmond, Washington, February 24, 1970, Amy and her older sister got their first pony when Amy was just one. She started competing at the age of five and rode at her first event when she was eight.

Tryon was a firefighter until the summer of 2006, when she retired to dedicate herself full time to riding, basing herself out of Mapleleaf Eventing at Upson Downs in Duvall, Washington.

She found her top horse, the former racehorse Poggio II, in a classified advertisement in the Seattle Times newspaper. Together Tryon and Poggio represented the USA at two Olympic Games, Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, and two FEI World Equestrian Games, winning team gold in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) in 2002 and individual bronze in Aachen (Germany) in 2006.

Captain Mark Phillips, US Eventing Team Chef d’Equipe, said: “Amy was one of my first developing riders on the West Coast and went on to be a regular member of the team for 10 years.

“We won the Worlds in 2002 and she was third individually in the Aachen World Equestrian Games. We will all miss her terribly. She was a central member of the team, and was part of some of our most successful years.”

Amy Tryon  is survived by her husband, Greg, who also worked at the Eastside Fire Department. The couple were married for 16 years.


Amy Tryon and Coal Creek.
Amy Tryon and Coal Creek at the Kentucky 3DE in 2010. © Mike McNally / USEF



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