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Derek Allhusen

Olympic medal record


Equestrian
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team Event
Silver 1968 Mexico City Individual Event

Major Derek Swithin Allhusen, CVO (January 9, 1914 – April 24, 2000) was an English equestrian who was a 54 year old grandfather when he rode Lochinvar to team gold and individual silver medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico.

Derek Swithin Allhusen was born in London and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1937 he married The Hon Claudia Betterton. He served throughout the Second World War with 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, being awarded the American Silver Star in 1944.[1][2]

On returning from Germany he brought back two horses with him and settled in Claxton, Norfolk. He rode one of the horses, Laura when representing Britain in the pentathlon at the 1948 Winter Olympic Games. He eventually took up eventing in 1955, riding Laura's daughter Laurien on two European Championship teams, winning a team gold medal in 1957, then team silver and individual bronze in 1959. In 1961 he bought Irish-bred Lochinvar and rode her in two winning European Championship teams (in 1967 and 1969) as well as the gold and silver at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He was awarded an MBE for his achievements but declined it; feeling his team-mates Richard Meade, Mary Bullen and Reuben Jones also deserved recognition.

On his retirement from the sport he continued as a breeder and Laurien's son Laurieston was ridden to team and individual Olympic gold medals in 1972 Games in Munich, with Richard Meade in the saddle. Allhusen was president of the British Horse Society from 1986 to 1988.

Allhusen was appointed to be one of Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms in 1963[3] , he was appointed Standard Bearer from 1981 to 1984.[4][5] He was appointed to be a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1983.[6]

In 1955 and 1956 he was appointed a Sherriff for Norfolk in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice [7][8]

Notes

  1. ""Allhusen, Derek S."". U.S. Army Awards of the Silver Star for Conspicuous Gallantry in Action During WORLD WAR II. HomeofHeroes.com. http://www.homeofheroes.com/valor2/SS/2_WWII/indexes/army/Army-A.html. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37585, p. 2614, May 30, 1946. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  3. London Gazette: no. 43169, p. 9713, November 26, 1963. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  4. London Gazette: no. 48506, p. 1209, January 27, 1981. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  5. London Gazette: no. 49613, p. 355, January 10, 1984. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  6. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49583, p. 4, December 31, 1983. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  7. London Gazette: no. 40632, p. 6436, November 15, 1955. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  8. London Gazette: no. 40294, p. 6418, November 13, 1956. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.


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