Bruce Davidson has been a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team since 1971. He was a member of two Olympic gold medal teams, 1976 and 1984, and earned two Olympic silver team medals in 1972 and 1996. In 1974, riding Irish Cap, Davidson was the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in England. Due to his win the U.S. was awarded the privilege of hosting the 1978 World Championships. Bruce defended his title aboard Might Tango and became the only rider to ever win back-to-back at the Lexington Kentucky World Championships.
Bruce has represented the U.S. at two Pan American Games, winning both the individual and the team silver medal at the 1975 Games in Mexico City. At the 1995 Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina he earned individual gold and a team silver medal. Bruce has competed at the prestigious Badminton CCI4* seven times and in 1995 he rode Eagle Lion to become the first American to win the event. He has also added multiple wins at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to his extensive record. Bruce was the highest placed rider in the World FEI rankings in 1993 and 1995, and he was named the USEA leading rider every year from 1980 to 1995!
Bruce continues to breed, train and compete world class event and multi-discipline horses. He lives at Chesterland during the spring, summer and fall, but they move to their farm in Ocala over the winter months. He is actively campaigning several horses in the 2010 season and is setting his sites on Rolex and the World Equestrian Games.
At the 2009 USEA conference in Reston, Va., Bruce was honored by being inducted into the Eventing Hall of Fame. Information and footage of his presentations and speeches can be seen on the USEA Blog Archives.
All these fabulous photos are courtesy of the USEA Archives!