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Harry Llewellyn

Full name: Henry Morton "Harry" Llewellyn
Gender: Male
Born: July 18, 1911 in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Great Britain
Died: November 15, 1999 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Great Britain
Title: Sir
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Harry Llewellyn, educated at Oundle and Trinity College, Cambridge, was a well-known steeplechase jockey in pre-war days, his greatest success coming in 1936 when, while still an undergraduate, he finished second in the Grand National riding his father’s horse Ego. He rode Ego again at Aintree the following year and finished fourth. The war soon followed and Llewellyn saw action in Italy and Normandy and he was awarded the OBE for his work as Field Marshall Montgomery’s chief liaison officer. After the war, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Llewellyn was a leading figure in the business world of South Wales and he gave his time unsparingly to all equestrian causes. At various times he was a Stewart of the National Hunt Committee and Chairman of the British Show Jumping Association and in 1969 he was elected a Steward of the Jockey Club. In 1953 he was awarded a CBE and, after being knighted in 1977 for his services to Wales, he succeeded to the Baronetcy the following year on the death of his elder brothers. In show jumping circles Llewellyn’s name is inextricably linked with that of his horse, [Foxhunter]. The famous pairing represented Great Britain no less than 35 times with the performance which most captured the public imagination coming in the final round of the show jumping event in the 1952 Olympics. After a near-disastrous first round, Llewellyn was under extreme pressure, but he took Foxhunter through a faultless round and Great Britain won her only gold medals of the Helsinki Games. Unfortunately, certainly uninformed sections of the British press tended to view this success in a team event as an individual victory for Foxhunter and his rider and Wilfred White and Duggie Stewart, who both had less faults than Llewellyn throughout the competition, were not always given their due.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 37 London Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual Great Britain GBR 7T
1948 Summer 37 London Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual Great Britain GBR 15
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1948 Summer 37 London Equestrianism Great Britain Foxhunter Final Standings 7T 16.00
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Foxhunter Final Standings 15 16.75
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Foxhunter Round One 36 16.75
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain Foxhunter Round Two 1T 0.00

Men's Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1948 Summer 37 London Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Foxhunter Final Standings 3 16.00
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Foxhunter Final Standings 1 16.75
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Foxhunter Round One 6 32.75
1952 Summer 40 Helsinki Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Foxhunter Round Two 1 8.00
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