IT was not the error of Anna Rose, but the article New England Girls’ School “Riding high for old girl Julia (Hargreaves”(NDL July 30) omitted the name of another Olympic great who attended the school.
Bridget Hyem (nee Macintyre, at NEGS,1944-49), better known as “Bud”, was Australia’s first female rider to compete in an Olympic equestrian event, showjumping aboard Coronation at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She went on to breed Kibah Tic Toc, which carried Matt Ryan to double gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, followed up by Kibah Sandstone winning Ryan gold in Sydney 2000 – both in the three day event.
In the book Trailblazers – Australia’s First Olympic Equestrians, Wyatt “Bunty” Thompson writes: “Just after the Games, while still in Tokyo, she celebrated the occasion by marrying her fiance Bill Hyem, a showjumper and grazier from Gunnedah. Since then, Bud has continued to do much for Australian showjumping and eventing. She is probably the only person in the world to have bred two Olympic gold-medal winning eventing horses.”
Bud Hyem was able to ride Kibah Tic-Toc in the Tamworth-Gunnedah leg of the torch relay in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and hosted many equestrian events on Kibah attended by enthusiastic riders from all over Australia and
NEGS pays tribute to Mrs Hyem, is proud of its four Olympians, and wishes Julia Hargreaves all the best for success in the showjumping later this week.
New England Girls’ School