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Kathy Kusner

Full name: Kathryn Hallowell "Kathy" Kusner
Gender: Female
Height: 4-11.5 (152 cm)
Weight: 99 lbs (45 kg)
Born: March 21, 1940 in Gainesville, Florida, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Unlike many equestrian riders who come from wealth, Kathy Kusner started in the horse world as a stable hand and then became a groom. Kathy Kusner joined the U.S. Equestrian Team in 1962 and remained a member for many years. She competed at three Olympics, winning a silver medal in the team jumping event in 1972, with a best individual finish of 10th in 1972. She won a gold medal in the team event at the 1963 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 1967 Pan American Games, finished as runner-up at the first World Championships in 1965 and, two years later, won the Ladies’ European Championship.

In the 1960s Kusner attempted to obtain her jockey license but was denied because of her gender, but she successfully sued in Maryland court in 1968, and rode in the US and South Africa. She also became the first woman to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup, the world’s largest steeplechase. She was later a vice president of the Alpha Instrument Co. In 1999 she founded the Horses for the Hood, a Los Angeles program that works with “at risk” minority children by bringing them to a five-day horse and riding camp.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 13
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 6
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 21T DNQ
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 4
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 10T
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 2 Silver

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States Untouchable Final Standings 13 29.75
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States Untouchable Round One 12 13.75
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States Untouchable Round Two 17T 16.00
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Untouchable Final Standings 21T DNQ
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Untouchable Round One 21T 12.00
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States Fleet Apple Final Standings 10T 20.00
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States Fleet Apple Round One 4T 4.00
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States Fleet Apple Round Two 13 16.00

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Final Standings 6 29.75
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Round One 9 70.75
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Round Two 3 36.25
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Final Standings 4 44.50
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Round One 5 25.00
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States USA Untouchable Round Two 3 19.50
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States USA Fleet Apple Final Standings 2 32.00
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States USA Fleet Apple Round One 2 QU/non-scoring 16.25
1972 Summer 32 München Equestrianism United States USA Fleet Apple Round Two 1T 16.00
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