Mark Phillips

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMark Anthony Peter•Phillips
Used nameMark•Phillips
Born22 September 1948 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England (GBR)
Measurements185 cm / 79 kg
NOC Great Britain


Captain Mark Phillips of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards was educated at Marlborough and the RMC Sandhurst. After being selected as a reserve for the 1968 Olympics, his first major success came in 1970 when he was a member of the British three-day event team that won the World Championship in Chicago. The following year he was on the winning team at the European championships and in 1972 he won an Olympic gold medal in München. He competed in the Olympics for a second time in 1988 and although forced to withdraw before the cross-country stage because his horse sustained a pulled muscle, he won a silver medal as the fourth member of the team. Phillips was a four-time champion at the Badminton Horse Trials – 1971-72, 74, and 1981. In 1973 Captain Phillips married HRH Princess Anne but they subsequently separated, and were divorced in 1992. He later married Sandy Pflueger, an American Olympic equestrienne, although they separated in 2012 when Phillips had become involved with another American Olympic rider Lauren Hough. In 1974, he was appointed a CVO.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) GBR Mark Phillips
Individual, Open (Olympic) Great Ovation 35
Team, Open (Olympic) Great Ovation / Great Britain 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) GBR Mark Phillips
Individual, Open (Olympic) Cartier DNF
Team, Open (Olympic) Cartier / Great Britain 2 Silver

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