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Karen Stives

Full name: Karen Elizabeth Stives
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: November 3, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 14, 2015 in Dover, Massachusetts, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

In 1984 Karen Stives made Olympic history when she became one of the first two females to win an Olympic individual medal in eventing. Stives won silver at the Los Angeles Olympics, followed by British rider [Virginia Holgate], who won bronze. It was not an upset for Stives, who had been USCTA Rider-of-the-Year in 1981, and had competed well at the 1982 World Championships aboard her thoroughbred, The Saint. After that competition she purchased Ben Arthur, the horse she rode in Los Angeles, and with which she made her best known pairing, before retiring him in 1986. Stives would again be named USCTA Rider-of-the-Year in 1987 and 1988.

Stives retired from competition in the early 1990s and became an international and national level judge. She also chaired the US Equestrian Team selection committee for 10 years. In 2006 Karen Stives was inducted into the US Eventing Association's Hall of Fame. For 25 years she was the owner and President of The Barn Family Shoe Store in West Newton, Massachusetts. In 2014, shortly before her death from cancer, she donated $1 million to the US Equestrian Team Foundation, which funds competition grants to US riders and became known as the Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual United States USA 2 Silver
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Three-Day Event, Team United States USA 1 Gold

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS SJF STP CCJF CCTP
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Ben Arthur Final Standings 2 -54.20
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Ben Arthur Dressage 3 -49.20
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Ben Arthur Cross-Country 1T 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.00
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Ben Arthur Jumping 23T -5.00

Mixed Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Ben Arthur Final Standings 1 -54.20
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Ben Arthur Dressage 1 -49.20
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Ben Arthur Cross-Country 2 0.00
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Ben Arthur Jumping 6 -5.00
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