Austrian rider Hugo Simon has announced his retirement at the age of 74 years old. His last international competition was at CSI2* Wiener Neustadt last October, where he placed 2nd in the Grand Prix.
Simon competed in six Olympic Games, winning Team Silver at the 1992 Games with Apricot D. At the 1996 Olympics, he was a part of a seven-rider jump-off for the silver and bronze medals, but ended up 4th individually. Simon was the first person to win three World Cup titles (1979, 1997, and 1998) and to win the 1990 “Pulsar Crown” (now known as the Rolex Grand Slam).
Additionally, Simon will always hold the distinction of winning the very first FEI World Cup Jumping Final, in 1979.
Simon won the 1998 Aachen Grand Prix, was an individual silver medalist at the 1997 European Championships, and he is a five-time winner of the Hamburg Jumping Derby.
Simon’s four-decade career on the international showjumping stage allowed him to ride an array of exceptional horses, including the Hanoverian superstar, E.T. (Espri x Gracia by Garibaldi II), who was cloned in 2006.
In December, 2014 he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his services to the sport at the Mevisto Amadeus Horse Indoors in Salzburg, Austria.
As the record holder for oldest rider to win a Grand Prix, Simon is finally ready to hang his helmet up for good. Both his top horses are sold—Freddy is now with Hans Frischeis of Austria and C.T. will be seen under German rider, Tina Deurer. Simon’s discipline and ambition will undoubtedly be embodied in every aspiring young rider.