Hugh Graham is one of Canada’s most successful show jumping competitors. His comprehensive resume includes being named to two Olympic teams and three Pan American Games teams, as well as representing Canada on 23 Nations Cup teams, in four World Cup Finals and at the 1990 World Equestrian Games.
Hugh began riding at age 12 when, with no previous experience, he broke and trained his family’s newly acquired pony, Thunder. A champion calf roper throughout high school, Graham’s rodeo career ended due to a fractured leg. He went on to work for Olympic gold medallist Jim Day in the 1970’s and became interested in show jumping. He won his first grand prix in 1973 and was named to the Canadian team in 1982.
Hard work and determination has brought Hugh enormous success. At the 1984 Olympic, he had the only clear round to solidify Canada’s 4th place finish. At the 1987 Pan America Games, he clinched the gold medal for Canada with a final clear round that defeated the favoured U.S. team. He has been Canadian Show Jumping Champion two times, in addition to numerous championships and victories. Among his distinctions, Hugh was twice named Equestrian of the Year.
Other performance highlights include back to back victories with the KingRidge stallion, Money Talks, in the prestigious $100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows.