EquiSearch Olympic Hall of Fame – Steinkraus


William Steinkraus

Stats: Born 1925

Major Accomplishments:

  • 1992 Judge, Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1976-1988 Olympic equestrian TV commentator
  • 1973 President, United States Equestrian Team (USET)
  • 1972 Team Silver Medal, Olympic Games, Munich, Germany
  • 1968 Indiv. Gold Medal, Olympic Games, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1966 Horseman of the Year, American Horse Shows Association
  • 1963 Team Gold Medal, Pan American Games, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • 1960 Team Silver Medal, Olympic Games, Rome, Italy
  • 1959 Team Gold Medal, Pan American Games, Chicago, USA
  • 1956 Olympic Games competitor, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1952 Team Bronze Medal, Olympic Games, Helsinki, Finland

    Won America’s first equestrian gold medal in 1968Won the Maclay Championship and Good Hands Trophy at Madison Square Garden in 1941 Former USET rider Hugh Wiley on Steinkraus: “He would think through a riding problem and always come up with an intelligent answer. After riding he usually played his fiddle, read The Wall Street Journal or went to the opera.” Former USET coach Bertalan de Nemethy on Steinkraus: “Bill was a no-nonsense man. American riders respected him for his horsemanship, and the Europeans were surprised that someone as cultured, educated and intelligent could be an American rider.”

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