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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Equestrian - Eventing
Individual Open, Team Open
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Dorset, United Kingdom
- London 2012 - EL (individual eventing) ; 6th (team eventing)
- 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)
- Winning the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials in England
- Geography - Monash University: Melba, ACT, AUS
Griffiths Eventing Team: England
- 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.