The Greatest Equestrian Athlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Equestrian athlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Equestrian athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.olympic poster

The highest ranked equestrian at the Olympic Games is German rider Isabell Werth, who won six gold and four silver medals between 1992 and 2016. The best male all-time performing equestrian athlete at the Olympic Games is another German, Reiner Klimke, who competed between 1964–1988 winning six gold medals and two bronze. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Equestrian Riders

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Equestrian for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Equestrian at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Isabell Werth Germany F 6 4 0 10 44
2 Reiner Klimke Germany M 6 0 2 8 38
3 Hans Gnter Winkler Germany M 5 1 1 7 33
4 Anky van Grunsven Netherlands F 3 5 1 9 29
5 Charles Pahud de Mortanges Netherlands M 4 1 0 5 26
=6 Ludger Beerbaum Germany M 4 0 0 4 24
=6 Henri Saint Cyr Sweden M 4 0 0 4 24
=6 Nicole Uphoff Germany F 4 0 0 4 24
=9 Charlotte Dujardin Great Britain F 3 1 0 4 20
=9 Andrew Hoy Australia M 3 1 0 4 20
=11 Richard Meade Great Britain M 3 0 0 3 18
=11 Matthew Ryan Australia M 3 0 0 3 18
=11 Adolph van der Voort van Zijp Netherlands M 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2016). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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