Stroller

Marion Mould on Stroller

Marion Mould on Stroller

Stroller (1950 – 1986) was the only pony to compete at the Olympics in Show Jumping. He was a bay gelding, Irish Sport Horse breed by a thoroughbred out of a Conemara pony, unknown breeder. He was only 145 cm (14.1 hh) high. Ridden and owned by Marion Mould (née Coakes).

Stroller was a member of the British team who competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, ridden by Marion Coakes. Wiliam Steinkraus and Snowbound won the Gold Medal while Marion and Stroller won the Individual Silver Medal, only four faults behind Steinkraus. Stroller jumped one of the only two clear rounds in the Olympic individual championship. In 1967, Marion rode 14.1 hh Stroller to victory in the Hickstead Derby, the only pony to have ever won this event. This partnership won the Wills Hickstead Gold Medal, for points gained in the major events during the year, for five years consecutively from 1965 to 1970. Stroller was the grand age of 20 when he won the 1970 Hamburg Derby. The pair won 61 international competitions.

Stroller died of a heart attack at the high age 36(!) in 1986, after 15 years of happy retirement. He is buried at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, New Milton, Hampshire, England.

 

Marion Mould on Stroller at the Olympic Games in Mexiko 1968

Marion Mould on Stroller at the Olympic Games in Mexiko City 1968

Achievements

  • Individual Silver medal at the 1968 Olympic Games (Mexico)
  • Winner of the Women’s Show Jumping World Championships 1965 (Hickstead)
  • Won 1967 Hickstead Derby
  • Won 1970 Hamburg Derby (as only clear round)
  • Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup 1965 and 1971
  • 2nd place, Women’s World Championships 1970 (Copenhagen)
  • Only pony to compete at International level among horses and win consistently in Europe
  • BHS (British Horse Society) Hall of Fame Laureate

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