Andrew Hoy has the rare distinction of competing in six Olympic Games. From the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics to the 2004 Athens Games, Hoy has won three gold medals and a silver as well as many other notable international events.
Originally from Culcairn in country New South Wales, Hoy has been a consistent equestrian performer in both team events and as an individual. He has one of the finest reputations when it comes to representing his country, and is considered an invaluable rider for Australia.
Growing up on the family farm, Hoy rode from a very young age and was competing at the age of seven, with a horse borrowed from his uncle. First competing at the 1984 LA Games, Hoy finished 15th in the individual and 5th in the team events. Four years later in Seoul, he finished 8th in the individual and 5th in the team events.
His Olympic breakthrough came at the 1992 Barcelona Games where he won gold in the team event with Matt Ryan and Gillian Rolton, and finished fifth in the individual event. In Atlanta in 1996, after carrying the Australian flag in the opening ceremony, Hoy was a member of the team (with Phillip Dutton, Rolton and Wendy Schaeffer) that won back-to-back gold in the three-day event.
After Australia’s equestrian team won the three-day event at the 2000 Sydney Games, crowd members were chanting: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Hoy, Hoy, Hoy.” They were congratulating all four members of the team (Dutton, Ryan, and Stuart Tinney), but this variation on the normal cry was a salute to Hoy, who had just become the second Australian to win three gold medals in the same event, Dawn Fraser being the other. Hoy also won silver in the individual event.
The Australians rode superbly in every phase, and led all the way to win. Hoy’s wife Bettina, whom he met at the 1984 Games and married in 2001, has competed for Germany in equestrian events at four Olympics. In Athens she was awarded the gold medal in the individual three-day event, but was later stripped of it on appeal. Hoy himself, did not medal at these Games. The Hoys are a rare married couple competing in the same Olympic discipline for different teams in the same year.
In 2006, Hoy finally broke through at the prestigious Badminton Trials (UK), one of only five elite international four star, CCI****, events as classified by the FEI, winning after six attempts, 1996 (10th), 2000 (9th), 2002 (8th), 2003 (7th), 2004 (5th), 2005 (3rd and 6th).
In 1993, Hoy was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to equestrian sports.