Baron von Blixen-Finecke, died
peacefully today. He was visiting his wife Anne in England, felt ill early
in the day, then felt worse and they called an
ambulance to take him to the hospital. By the time he arrived at the
The Baron was the author of two books, The Art of Riding and The Art of Training. He was originally from Sweden, where he was the head of Stromsholm when it was the Swedish Cavalry school, for many years. He retired and lived in England. In 1952, he won the Olympic 3-day gold medal, and a horse he had trained, ridden by St. Cyr, won the dressage gold (Sweden wouldn't let the Baron ride in both disciplines).
Hans von Blixen-Finecke (SWE), individual and team Olympic Champion at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, passed away on 16 February 2005 at the venerable age of 98. His father, a Swedish cavalry officer, an aviator and a famous horseman, had won the bronze medal in Dressage at the 1912 Olympic Games.
Blixen-Finecke joined the cavalry in 1934 and left it 30 years
In 1964, he moved to England where he started a career as a coach. He kept teaching and giving clinics for over 40 years until his very last days. Von Blixen-Finecke’s most famous horses were Master Rufus and Jubal, Swedish warm-blood geldings, astride which he won his Olympic medals.
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