Friday Video: The Curious History of Team GB Head Honcho Dickie Waygood

You probably know the two chaps in charge of the British eventing team — Dickie Waygood and Chris Bartle — as a pair of slightly mythical figures, able to swoop in and turn the very good into world-beatingly great. Under their care, the Brits have become the most dominant force in the sport, holding Olympic, World, and European medals consecutively until Pratoni this year (and can we just take a moment to remember when they won the Europeans as a team AND took all three individual podium places?!). But behind the medals are fascinating men — and this long-form interview with Dickie proves just that. Previously a member of the Household Cavalry, and then a top-level event rider who piloted a horse for the Queen, he gained a huge wealth of fascinating experience in all aspects of the horse world before becoming the chef d’equipe that turned the fate of the British dressage team around. Now, as half of eventing’s golden duo, he’s one man you need to know.

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