Joe Túri

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJózsef "Joe"•Túri
Used nameJoe•Túri
Born18 November 1956 in Nagykőrös, Pest (HUN)
Died30 April 2003 in Kecskemét, Bács-Kiskun (HUN)
Measurements168 cm / 65 kg
NOC Great Britain


In 1973 Turi defected to Britain whilst touring with the Csikós troupe of Hungarian trick riders. After being granted political asylum, Turi took various jobs around horses but it was not until 1975 and a chance meeting with the businessman, Michael Bullman, that his career took off. Turi rode Bullman’s horses, which include his Olympic mount, Vital, for the rest of his life. He became a regular member of the British team in the mid eighties and won gold in the team event at the 1989 European Championship. Turi also won the British Show Jumping Derby in 1990 and appeared in over 30 Nations cup team for his adopted country. After the political changes in Eastern Europe, Turi returned to the nation of his birth in the late nineties and represented Hungary until his death in a motorcycle accident in 2003.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) GBR Joe Túri
Individual, Open (Olympic) Vital 14
Team, Open (Olympic) Vital / Great Britain 6

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