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Frank Weldon

Full name: Francis William Charles "Frank" Weldon
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: August 2, 1913 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: September 21, 1993
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Lt. Col. Frank Weldon had an outstanding record at the European Championships. He was a member of the winning team in the three-day event in 1953, 1954, and 1955 and after placing second in the individual competition in 1953 and 1954 he won the individual title in 1955 before again placing second in 1959. At the 1956 Olympics, Weldon became the first British rider to win an individual Olympic equestrian medal and in addition to his bronze in the individual three-day event he won a gold medal in the team competition. Weldon would almost certainly have won the individual gold medal had he not insisted, as team captain, on a policy of strict caution in the cross-country section. At the 1955 European Championships and at the 1956 Olympics, Frank Weldon was riding his own horse, [Kilbarry], whom he had ridden earlier in the Queen’s Coronation process when he commanded the King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery. An Irish-bred, grey gelding, Kilbarry is almost certainly the only horse to have won international fame while still doing full daily duty as an officer’s charger in a Calvary regiment. Weldon made a second Olympic appearance in 1960 when he finished 25th individually and the British placed fourth in the team event. Frank Weldon was educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College and won his colours in the rugby XV both at school and at Sandhurst. After he retired from the Army and from equestrian competition he continued to make a great contribution to the sport. He served as Director of Badminton Horse Trials from 1966 to 1988 after having been asked, in 1964, to design the Badminton cross-country course. He was also a council member of the British Horse Society and was the equestrian correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph for many years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR 25
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR 4

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS SJF STP CCJF CCTP JF TF
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Kilbarry Final Standings 3 -85.48
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Kilbarry Dressage 4 -103.20
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Kilbarry Cross-Country 6 37.72 0.00 32.38 -20.00 25.34
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain Kilbarry Jumping 22T -20.00 20 0.00
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain Samuel Johnson Final Standings 25 -238.01
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain Samuel Johnson Dressage 27 -122.01
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain Samuel Johnson Cross-Country 32 -116.00 0 37.60 -200 46.40
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain Samuel Johnson Jumping 1T 0.00 0.00 0

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Kilbarry Final Standings 1 -85.48
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Kilbarry Dressage 1 -313.20
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Kilbarry Cross-Country 1 1.72
1956 Equestrian 42 Stockholm Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Kilbarry Jumping 5 -44.00
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Samuel Johnson Final Standings 4 -238.01
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Samuel Johnson Dressage 10 -353.01
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Samuel Johnson Cross-Country 5 non-scoring -65.20
1960 Summer 47 Roma Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Samuel Johnson Jumping 1 0.00