Matt Ryan to quit eventing competition

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Matt Ryan and Bonza Puzzle at Badminton in 2009.
Matt Ryan and Bonza Puzzle at Badminton in 2009. © Horsesports Photographic

Three-time Olympic gold medal eventer Matt Ryan says he is giving up competing in the sport, mostly because of “niggling” injuries.

Ryan, who is based in Britain, announced his decision on Twitter and said: “Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years. I am now going to concentrate on training, teaching and media work.”

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan © Horsesports Photographic

The 48-year-old Australian first went to Britain in 1984 to be a working pupil with British international eventer Richard Meade. Ryan returned home the next year and worked on the family sheep farm, riding part-time.

In 1987 he moved to work for his brother, Heath, and Heath’s wife Rozzie, at the New South Wales Equestrian Centre, in Lochinvar. The next year he was selected as a reserve for the Seoul Olympics with Southland of Coolalee.

He moved back to Britain in 1989, taking three horses with him, and was selected for the Australian team to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He won individual and team gold medals.

He was selected with two horses for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but both were withdrawn after sustaining minor injuries. Ryan was again selected for the Australian team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and ride Kibah Sandstone to team gold, along with Andrew Hoy (Darien Powers), Stuart Tinney (Jeepster), and Phillip Dutton (House Doctor).

Australia's Sydney 2000 gold medal winning eventing team,
Australia’s Sydney 2000 gold medal winning eventing team, from left, Andrew Hoy and Darien Powers, Matt Ryan with Kibah Sandstone, and Phillip Dutton with House Doctor, and Stuart Tinney and Jeepster.


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