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Hugh Wiley

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TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHugh•Wiley
Used nameHugh•Wiley
Born21 May 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut (USA)
Died3 September 1999 in Palmyra, Virginia (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC United States


Hugh Wiley attended the University of Maryland. He competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in show jumping. Wiley won two gold medals at the 1959 Pan American Games, in individual and team jumping. In the late 1950s, he bought a horse, Nautical (originally named Pelo de Oro), who became famous and was ridden by several members of the US Equestrian Team as a jumper. A movie was made about him by Disney Pictures, entitled “The Horse with the Flying Tail.” Wiley worked as an engineer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Equestrian Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) USA Hugh Wiley
Individual, Open (Olympic) Trail Guide =11
Team, Open (Olympic) Trail Guide / United States 5
1960 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) USA Hugh Wiley
Individual, Open (Olympic) Master William =7

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