Bridget (Bud) Hyem

Bridget Hyem (nee Bridget MacIntyre – Class of 1949) competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. She was the first-ever female to represent Australia in an Olympic Equestrian event and was a trailblazer for all female riders who have come after her. It was 20 years before another woman competed in an Olympic event.

Following the Olympics, Hyem went on to make a name for herself as an owner and breeder. She bred two of Australia’s most successful event horses, Olympic gold medallists Kibah TicToc and Kibah Sandstone. The half-brothers were both ridden by Matt Ryan, with Tic Toc claiming double gold in Barcelona and Sandstone gold in the team’s event in Sydney.  Hyem owned both of these horses until her death at age 81.

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