Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Blyth Tait

New Zealand
  • 34 - Bear Necessity V


New Zealand Olympic rider Blyth Tait (54) last competed at Badminton in 2003. The former double World Champion and Olympic individual gold medallist who is based near Cheltenham has formerly been second on three occasions.

Blyth grew up in the town of Whangarei, in the North Island of New Zealand. After developing his skills through his involvement with show jumping and thoroughbred racing, he moved into the world of eventing. In 1989 with Messiah, he travelled to the UK to prepare for the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Sweden. That year he was second at Badminton (Messiah) and went on to win double gold at the WEG (Ready Teddy). This allowed Blyth the opportunity to remain in the UK and continue to establish his career. At the 1992 Olympic Games he won individual bronze and team silver and at Atlanta in 1996 won individual gold with Ready Teddy and team bronze (Chesterfield). In 1998 he won World individual and team gold medals for a second time at the WEG in Rome. Blyth was awarded the prestigious NZ Olympic Londsdale Cup, was flag bearer for the NZ Olympic team in Sydney and has been honoured with an MBE. During this time Blyth won Burghley twice; in 1998 with Chesterfield (when he also finished second with Aspyring) and in 2001 with Ready Teddy, his gold medal winning partner from the 2006 Atlanta Olympics.After his fourth Olympic Games appearance in Athens 2004, Blyth retired from eventing and returned to New Zealand to concentrate on breeding racehorses. Amongst the many winners he bred and sold was dual Group 1 winner Nashville. He was also the performance manager for the New Zealand eventing team. Blyth returned to competition in 2011 and is now based back in the UK.

Blyth trains with Isobel Wessels and Luis Alverez

Bear Necessity is an 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding of unverified breeding and has been ridden by Blyth since 2012.


Bear Necessity V

Netherlands, 2005
16.1hh, bay, gelding

Owner(s): Ronnie Bartlett, Airdrie, Scotland.
& Rider

Notable Results

2016 – Burnham Market 19th Bear Necessity V
2016 – Burgham CIC3* 18th Xanthus
2015 – Pau CCI4* 15th Bear Necessity V
2015 – Boekelo CICO3* 2nd Xanthus
2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 28th Bear Necessity V
2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 23rd Xanthus
2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 32nd Xanthus
2011 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Santos
2004 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Eze
2004 – Athens OG 18th Ready Teddy
2004 – Punchestown CCI3* 1st Ready Teddy, CCI** 1st Eze
2003 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Eze
2002 – Jerez WEG El Ready Teddy
2002 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Rongotai
2001 – Blenheim CCI3* 8th Haka
2001 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Ready Teddy
2000 – Bramham CCI2* 2nd Chesterfield
2000 – Kentucky CCI4* 1st Welton Envoy
2000 – Sydney OG 8th Welton Envoy
1999 – Kentucky CCI4* 2nd Aspyring
1998 – Rome WEG 1 Ready Teddy
1998 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Chesterfield, 2nd Aspyring
1996 – Atlanta OG ind gold Ready Teddy, team bronze Chesterfield
1992 – Barcelona OG 3rd Messiah (team silver)


2003 – 38th Eze
2002 – w/d Welton Envoy
1999 – Ret Ready Teddy
1998 – 9th Aspyring, 36th Ready Teddy
1997 – 4th Chesterfield
1996 – 5th Chesterfield
1994 – 2nd Delta III
1993 – 2nd Ricochet, 15th Delta III
1990 – 2nd Messiah