Matt Ryan OAM - Triple Olympic Gold Medallist


Matt with his daughter Mille at Aldon 2011 















Born 03 June 1964, Sydney, Australia. Matt is the youngest of 4 brothers. The eldest brother Heath is also an elite equestrian; representing Australia in both 3 Day Eventing and pure Dressage at World Championship level.

Matt first came to the UK in 1984 to be a ’Working Pupil’ with British International 3 Day Event Rider Richard Meade. Richard was one of the most successful riders in the world at the time, having won 3 Olympic Gold Medals.

After returning home to Australia in 1985, Matt worked with his second eldest brother Simon, on the family sheep farm and rode his horses ’part time’.

In 1987 Matt moved to work for and be based with, his eldest brother Heath and Heath’s wife Rozzie at the New South Wales Equestrian Centre, Lochinvar.

In 1988 Matt and his horse ’Southland of Coolalee’ were selected to represent the Australian 3 day Event Team for the Seoul Olympics as a Reserve.

In May 1989 Matt then moved to be based full time in the UK. He brought with him 3 horses namely; ’Southland of Coolalee’, ’Kibah Tic Toc’ and ’Matron True Blue’.

After a successful Badminton Horse Trials in 1992 riding ’Kibah Tic Toc’ (8th), Matt and ’Tic Toc’ were selected to represent Australia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as a member of the 3 Day Event Team. They went on to win Individual and Team GOLD medals.

Matt was again selected for the Australian 3 day Event Team for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with his two horses; ’Hinnegar’ and ’Alater Pedis’. Unfortunately both horses incurred minor injuries during Team Training in America just days prior to the start of the games, resulting in both horses having to be withdrawn from the competition.

Matt was once again selected for the Australian 3 Day Event Team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics with a horse called ’Kibah Sandstone’ (half brother to Kibah Tic Toc). They went on to clinch Team GOLD for Australia. This created history as it was the third consecutive year that the same nation had won Team Gold Medals in this sport.

In 2004, Matt and ’Bonza Puzzle’ were selected to represent Australia as a Travelling Reserve for the 3 Day Event Team. Unfortunately they did not get the opportunity to compete.

Matt's more recent succeses include 4th at Badminton 2007, 8th at Badminton 2008 and 1st Kreuth 2008