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GRIFFITHS Sam
Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC Australia   
GenderMale
Born27 May 1972 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.71 m
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? He started eventing through Pony Club. "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."
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "You can have trainers saying things to you consistently but sometimes you just have to work it out for yourself." (olympics.com.au, 12 Jun 2016)
Injuries He competed at the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials in England with a small crack in a bone in his neck. He sustained the injury after falling at a competition in Burnham Market, England, but it was initially missed on the x-ray. The injury was eventually discovered by a specialist, who put Griffiths in a neck brace, and he returned to action in September 2017. "I'm no hero and I'm not proud of it, there's no way I'd have ridden at Badminton if I'd known." (horseandhound.co.uk, 25 Aug 2017)

He had surgery on his appendix in October 2014. (horseandhound.co.uk, 31 Oct 2014)
Hobbies Cricket, gardening. (flairstrips.com, 26 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials in England. (horseandhound.co.uk, 09 Feb 2022)
Further Personal Information
Residence Gillingham, ENG
Higher education Geography - Monash University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Most influential person in career Australian eventer Matt Ryan. (flairstrips.com, 26 Mar 2021)
Hero / Idol Australian cricketer Steve Waugh. (horsehero.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours He was named the 2014 Eventing Rider of the Year by the International Riders Club. (an-eventful-life.com.au, 19 Nov 2014)

He won the TSM Rider Award at the 2010 BETA Business Awards. (trizoneboots.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Griffiths Eventing Team: England
General Interest
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He carries a lucky whip and has a set routine before the cross-country phase of an event. "I trot around for a bit to get the horse supple, then jump a few jumps and work on my brakes and accelerator to get the horse listening to me. Then I start angling the fences and doing some turns." (thegaitpost.com, 05 May 2015; an-eventful-life.com.au, 03 Oct 2011)
Famous relatives His brothers Mark and Tom have competed in eventing at national level in Australia. (Facebook page, 31 Oct 2016; horseandhound.co.uk, 01 Mar 2016)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He grew up on his family's farm in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and began riding at age seven. "I have memories of jumping on ponies with no saddle and just a head collar and taking them swimming in the lake."
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
General Interest
Other information FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UK
He decided to leave Australia and move to the United Kingdom in 1995 in order to pursue his dream of a professional eventing career. He trained and worked with double Olympic gold medallist Matt Ryan for three years before leaving to set up his own stables at Symphony Farm in Dorset, where he trains horses and riders for eventing. (Facebook page, 06 Mar 2022; HorseQuest Facebook page, 03 Nov 2021; samgriffithseventing.co.uk, 2020)

COACHING
In February 2022 he began serving as head coach of the New Zealand eventing team. "I have had quite a long eventing career and in a way, this is a next step. In my heyday I had a lot of horses but over the last few years I have been doing more coaching." (Equestrian Sports NZ Facebook page, 12 Apr 2022; horse-international.com, 12 Feb 2022; equestrianlife.com.au, 10 Feb 2022; horseandhound.co.uk, 09 Feb 2022)

OLYMPIC HORSE RETIREMENT
In May 2020 he decided to retire his horse Paulank Brockagh. The pair placed fourth in the individual event and also helped secure team bronze for Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I've never ridden a horse that would try so hard, she was a naturally good jumper, needed some training on the flat but [was] an incredible cross-country horse. In Rio the cross-country was really tough and when I was the first to go for the team and so many of the other team's first riders were struggling I was filled with trepidation. So to get such a brilliant ride and then to do two showjumping clears, that was a real thrill. In Rio the proper jumpers really came to the fore. I really felt that I could point her at a house and she'd try to jump it." (horseandhound.co.uk, 12 May 2020; horsesport.com, 11 May 2020)
Last Update
  12 Aug 2022

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) HAPPY TIMES EL 6
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) HAPPY TIMES EL 14
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) PAULANK BROCKAGH 8  
2008 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) MOTION BOUND 16  
2004 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) NOBLE OPPOSITION 17  
2003 CH-AS.P-C3* Blenheim (GBR) PRIVATE COLIN   1
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2003 CIC-W Final Pau (FRA) IN THE GROOVE 19  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 13  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 15  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) PAULANK BROCKAGH 15  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) PAULANK BROCKAGH 43  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 9  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 4  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 16  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 3  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HAPPY TIMES 3  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY 26  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY 11  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY WD  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY 8  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY 26  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) CONNIGAR BAY 15  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) PRIVATE COLIN 6  
2004 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) PRIVATE COLIN 17  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CHAMOIS IV 34  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 10  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 10  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ON THE BRASH 37  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ANGELO EL  
13.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 9  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   REAL DANCER 13  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 25  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 1  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 9  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 15  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC2* Burnham Market (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 22  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCI2* Weston Park (GBR)   OPPOSITION APOLLO 14  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCI2* Weston Park (GBR)   PENTON KITE 18  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCI2* Weston Park (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 19  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI2* Osberton (GBR)   ANGELO 1  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI2* Osberton (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 8  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI2* Osberton (GBR)   BEAUREPAIRE NEMO 11  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI1* Osberton (GBR)   RUGAN JOSH 25  
03.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI1* Osberton (GBR)   MAJOR BLIZZARD 47  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC1* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   RUGAN JOSH 30  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC2* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND 36  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   FAVORIT Z EL  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   HAPPY TIMES 12  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 14  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   REAL DANCER 27  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   HAPPY TIMES 3  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 12  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 6  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 8  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   OPPOSITION APOLLO 29  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ANGELO 68  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   BEAUREPAIRE NEMO WD  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   OUTWARD BOUND WD  
14.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   ANGELO 4  
14.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   PENTON KITE 12  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 16  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   BEAUREPAIRE NEMO 17  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   REAL DANCER 23  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   MAJOR BLIZZARD 27  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   OPPOSITION APOLLO 34  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   RUGAN JOSH 39  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   HAPPY TIMES 15  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 43  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Belton (GBR)   BEAUREPAIRE NEMO 16  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC2* Belton (GBR)   FAVORIT Z 17  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   HAPPY TIMES 27  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH 40  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   HAPPY TIMES   6
03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   REAL DANCER   7
24.05.2012 to 27.05.2012 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   PAULANK BROCKAGH   2
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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