Bridget “Bud” Hyem

Bridget “Bud” Hyem

1964 Olympic Memories

Bridget Macintyre was born at ‘Kayuga’ Muswellbrook and educated at Kayuga Primary and New England Girls College. Bridget won numerous equestrian trophies in Australia between 1940 and 1960 including Junior Girl (Sydney Royal Easter Show and Melbourne Royal Shows), Champion Lady Rider (Royal Easter Show), and Champion Showjumper on “Coronation” (Royal Easter Show). At the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo Bridget “Bud” Hyem became Australia’s first female rider to complete in an Olympic Equestrian event (Showjumping) aboard “Coronation”. Intriguingly Bridget billeted with legends Betty Cuthbert and Dawn Fraser in the Tokyo Olympic Village. The men were allowed to stay with the horses but women had to be ‘chaperoned’ in care within the village!

Hyem produced champion hack “Bon Accord” (Bred by Mr and Mrs Mackay) and was owner-breeder of 1979 Australian Showjumping Champion “Red Rocket”. Bridget’s many other horse breeding success stories include “Kibah Tic Toc” (bred by Miss Anne Raymond at ‘Sledmere’) which carried Black Hill rider Matt Ryan to Double Gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and “Kibah Sandstone” which Matt rode to Gold Medal victory in Sydney 2000. Bridget received special dispensation from SOCOG in order to ride ‘Kibah’ retired ‘Tic Toc’ on her leg of the Olympic torch relay through Gunnedah in 2000 rather than run or walk.