Monday, May 30, 2011

Bill Roycroft dies aged 96

Legendary Australian equestrian Bill Roycroft has passed away. 
Bill competed in five consecutive Olympic Games, his first at age 45 and the final one at age 61. His 1960s ride became famous after he suffered a bad fall in the cross country (his horse fell on him) yet still completed the course. He signed himself out of hospital the next day, against doctor's advice, to complete the show jumping course. This successful round secured the gold medal for Australia. 
The Roycrofts have had a huge impact on the Australian equestrian scene, and Bill will long be remembered for his courageous ride. 

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