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Sam Griffiths

Sam Griffiths

Equestrian - Eventing Schedule & Results

(Local) / 02:00 PM 9 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Individual Jumping Final

53.10 (4th)


Michael Jung (GER)
Astier Nicolas (FRA)
Phillip Dutton (USA)

(Local) / 10:00 AM 9 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Individual Jumping Qualifier

53.10 (6th)


(Local) / 10:00 AM 9 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Team Jumping Final

175.30 (3rd)

AUS


France (FRA)
Germany (GER)
Australia (AUS)

(Local) / 10:00 AM 8 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Individual Cross Country

53.10 (9th)


(Local) / 10:00 AM 8 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Team Cross Country

150.30 (1st)

AUS


(Local) / 10:00 AM 7 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Individual Dressage Day 2

46.30 (22nd)


(Local) / 10:00 AM 7 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Team Dressage Day 2

126.40 (3rd)

AUS


(Local) / 10:00 AM 6 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Individual Dressage Day 1

46.30 (22nd)


(Local) / 10:00 AM 6 Aug (Rio)
Eventing Team Dressage Day 1

126.40 (3rd)

AUS


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Athlete Biography

London Olympian Sam Griffiths will compete at his second Games at Rio 2016 on the 13 –year-old Irish Sport Horse Paulank Brockagh.

In 1995, Griffiths moved to the United Kingdom to peruse his equestrian career. He trained and worked as a back-up rider for dual Olympic gold medallist Matt Ryan for three years, training and competing at all levels of horse events. The Melbourne born athlete had his first taste of international success when he won team gold and individual silver at the Asia/Pacific Championships in 2003.

After being shortlisted for the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games, Griffiths’ Olympic dream came to fruition in 2012 when he was a reserve and then called up after two of his teammates’ horses were injured (Shane Rose and Megan Jones.) Griffiths fell from Happy Times in the cross country phase. Australia eventually placing sixth.

The UK based rider won the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* with Paulank Brockagh. The same year, he placed 16th individually and fourth in the team event at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Griffith says his wife Lucy, who also used to compete in eventing at an elite level, is the biggest influence on his sporting career. The couple live on the Dorset/Somerset border with their two young children Ollie and Eliza.

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Olympic Information

  • London 2012 - EL (individual eventing) ; 6th (team eventing)

Recent Performances

  • 26th – 2016 Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* (Badminton, UK)
  • 21st – 2016 Belton CIC3* (Belton, UK)
  • 9th – 2015 Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (Burghley, UK)
  • 10th – 2015 Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* (Badminton, UK)
  • 15th – 2014 Gatcombe Park CIC3* (Gatcombe, UK)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials in England

Education

  • Tertiary
    Geography - Monash University: Melba, ACT, AUS

Training

  • Institute/Academy
    Griffiths Eventing Team: England

Q&A

Personal Motto
You can have trainers saying things to you consistently but sometimes you just have to work it out for yourself
Most Influential person in your career/life
My wife Lucy
Why this sport?
My older brother took it seriously, which meant I received his outgrown ponies and horses. With two brothers into eventing, the family would all go away together for the weekend.