Blyth grew up in the town of Whangarei, in the Northland region of New Zealand.

After developing his equine skills through his involvement with show jumping and thoroughbred racing, he moved into the world of Eventing. With Messiah, he traveled to Europe in 1989 to prepare for the 1990 World Equestrian Games, held for the first time in Stocholm in Sweden.

Winning double gold in Stockholm (individual and Team) allowed Blyth the opportunity to remain in the UK and continue to establish his career as one of the most successful riders in the sport.

He went on to win individual and team gold medals for a second time at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome and has won a total of 4 Olympic medals including individual gold in 1996 in Atlanta with Ready Teddy.

Blyth has been the recipient of the prestigous NZ Olympic Londsdale Cup, was flag bearer for the NZ Olympic team in Sydney and has been honoured with an MBE.

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.

Blyth returned to competition in 2011 and is now based back in the UK, developing a team of horses for the international circuit. In 2016 he placed 13th at Badminton and 11th at Burghley and was named non traveling reserve for the NZ team to Rio with his leading horse, Bear Necessity. He will be aiming for Badminton in 2017 with an eye yowards the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held at Tryon in the USA.

Career Highlights

  • World Champion 1990. Stockholm (Messiah)
  • World Champion 1998. Rome (Ready Teddy)
  • Olympic Individual Gold Medalist 1996. Atlanta (Ready Teddy)
  • Olympic Individual Bronze Medalist 1992 Barcelona (Mesiah)
  • Olympic Team Silver Medalist 1992 Barcelona (Messiah)
  • Olympic Team Bronze Medalist 1996 Atlanta (Chesterfield)
  • Winner Burghley International Horse Trials (Chesterfield 1998, Ready Teddy 2000)