Andrew Hoy, from Somerby, won two medals while competing for Australia at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
An eight-time Olympian has returned home after adding two medals to his haul in Tokyo.
Andrew Hoy, from Somerby, competed for Australia at the Olympics this year gaining a silver medal in the equestrian eventing team with Shane Rose and Kevin McNab, and an individual bronze medal in the eventing jumping final.
Since competing in his first Olympics at the age of 25, the 62-year-old has earned three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.
“To come away with a medal, let alone two medals, that’s very special to me,” said Andrew.
“It might be my eighth Olympic games but it’s still something we all dream of.
“The one thing about it is you can’t just dream about these things without the horse. It’s completely a team effort, not individual.
“I’ve got so many people around me who are so supportive , they have particular roles to play and everyone’s role is important.”
For Andrew ‘no Olympics is the same’ but he was impressed by the way Tokyo pulled it off in the midst of a pandemic, describing it as a task worthy of a gold medal.
He said: “Absolutely I felt 100 per cent safe. I was taking covid tests everyday and had to wear a mask - the only time we took the masks off was to eat, shower or sleep.”
While the Olympics is arguably the most well-known sporting event, for Andrew it is one of the most relaxed.
He said: “When I go to the Olympic games it’s the least amount of pressure of any competition.
“I don’t have to organise transport, accommodation, grooming, veterinarians, health care, dinner.”
However he admitted he felt a sense of relief when him and his horse, Vassily de Lassos, had completed the competition.
“I feel relief that it is completed.
Andrew said: “To win a medal, for me, it’s about producing the best performance.
“You can’t go and produce something you’ve never done before when you go to compete.
“I have a very realistic view of my ability and my horse’s ability. When the result is final, the relief is over and you played your part for your country and for the people that support you.
“I always describe standing on the podium as very lonely - I’m there alone receiving the medal.”
Born and raised in Australia, Andrew started riding at the age of six. He moved to England for a training stay in 1978 and since 1993, he has been based mainly in the United Kingdom
He hopes to compete in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Andrew started riding at the age of six in Australia and since then it has been a significant focus in his life.
As well as competing he owns a business in Somerby, offering a range of services such as training and competing of horses, matching of riders and horses, and motivational speeches.
He said:”I developed a passion and love for working with horses.
“I grew up farming and was destined to be a farmer, it was something that just unfolded.
“To this day I just love working with the horses. One thing is harmony with the horse, when there’s a complete understanding with the horse.”