Monday, August 01, 2022

Elizabeth Anne [Anneli] Drummond-Hay 1937-2022

  Anneli Drummond-Hay, who died in Johannesburg, 31 July, 2022, aged 84, was a scion of that landed gentry family of Seggieden, and one of Britain's top show jumpers. She was the winner of the Burghley Horse Trials in 1961, and the Badminton 3-day event in 1963, and a member of the British Show Jumping team for some years.

She was born Elizabeth Anne [but always known as Anneli] Drummond-Hay, 4 August, 1937, second daughter of Major James Drummond-Hay, JP [1905-1981], of Seggieden and Aberargie, Perthshire, and his wife Lady Margaret Douglas-Hamilton, second daughter of the 13th Duke of Hamilton & Brandon.

At the age of 16, she won the European Pony Championship and was the leading rider of combined training in Britain for three years. She won both Badminton and the first ever Burghley Horse Trials and was 2nd five times. She changed to show jumping and won many Grand Prix competitions including Brussels, Geneva, S’hertogenbosch, Paris, Berlin, Toronto, Chile, Luxembourg, Monaco, Madrid, Mexico, Amsterdam, South Africa, Palermo and Great Britain. She won 2nd in Aachen, Rotterdam and the La Baule Grand Prix. Drummond-Hay won the Rome Derby on two occasions, the Hickstead Derby, the Geneva Derby, the Berlin Derby and the South African Derby twice. She toured America and won the Grand Florida Championship, The Madison Square Garden's Championship and the All American Showjumping Championship. She represented Great Britain for 14 years on the Olympic Nations Cup Team and was awarded the FEI Badge of Honour. She won the European Show Jumping Championship. Was British Sportswoman of the year three times and South African Sportswoman of the Year eight times. Anneli was awarded the “Premio Caprilli” by the Italian Equestrian Federation for her outstanding achievements, abd collected the “Golden Spurs” by the French Federation in conjunction with the Cadre Noir for her contribution to show jumping. She Won the FEI/Samsung World Challenge on four occasions. She holds the ladies' world high jump record at 2.36 meters. The only rider to be shortlisted at Olympic Level in Dressage, Showjumping and 3 Day Eventing for the same Olympic Games. Miss Drummond-Hay trained the Dutch Junior Showjumping Champion in 2000 and 2001 whilst based in the Netherlands. Trained the runner-up in the Junior European 3 Day Event in 2004.


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