Steve Guerdat

Steve Guerdat (born 10 June 1982 in Bassecourt, Canton of Jura) is a Swiss Olympic-level equestrian who competes in the sport of show jumping.

Steve Guerdat
Personal information
Full nameSteve Guerdat
Nationality  Switzerland
DisciplineShow jumping
Born (1982-06-10) 10 June 1982 (age 37)
Bassecourt, Switzerland
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg; 10 st 3 lb)

He is the 2012 Olympic Champion in individual jumping.[1] He also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in team jumping following the disqualification of Norwegian rider Tony André Hansen.[2]

In July 2012, Guerdat was ranked third in the world.[3]

He is a two-time World Cup champion, winning in 2015 and 2016.


Guerdat began riding at the age of seven. He was trained by his father, Philippe Guerdat, and by Beat Mändli.

Between 1997 and 2002 he was part of two junior and three young rider European championships and won two bronze medals with the team.

In 2003 he switched to the Netherlands and worked there for Jan Tops. He was selected for the jumping events at the 2004 Summer Olympics where he rode "Olympic".

In 2006 he moved to Belgium and worked for three months for billionaire Oleksandr Onishchenko.

After that Yves Piaget bought him the mare Jalisca Solier, with which he won the World Cup in Geneva.

He was selected for the 2008 Summer Olympics where he rode Jalisca Solier and won the bronze medal in team jumping following the disqualification of Norwegian rider Tony André Hansen.

In 2009 and 2011 he was named "Swiss rider of the year".

In 2012, he competed in London with Nino de Buissonnets at his third Olympic Games. He was the only rider who jumped cleanly in the two final rounds of the competition and won the individual jumping gold medal.[4][5] He was the first Swiss rider to win a gold medal in the jumping event since 1924 where Alphonse Gemuseus won in individual jumping.[6]

He won back to back FEI World Cup Jumping competitions in 2015 and 2016, with the more recent competition taking place in Göteborg, Sweden.

Personal lifeEdit

Guerdat is the youngest son of Olympic show jumper Philippe Guerdat.

Since April 2007 Guerdat lives in Herrliberg.



  • Jalisca Solier: 1997 Selle Français Mare (Alligator Fontaine x Jalisco B) Owner: Yves G. Piaget
  • Tresor V: 1996 Belgian Warmblood Stallion (Papillon Rouge) Owner: Yves G. Piaget
  • Ferrari VI: 1999 Oldenburg Gelding (Furioso II) Owner: Yves G. Piaget
  • Nasa: 2001 Selle Français Mare (Cumano) Owner: Urs Schwarzenbach
  • Carpalo: 2001 Holsteiner Gelding (Contender x Cicero) Owner: Urs Schwarzenbach
  • Albfuehren's Bianca: 2006 Swedish Warmblood Mare (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) Owner: Steve Guerdat and Hofgut Albführen GmbH


International championship resultsEdit

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1997 European Junior Championships Cayetano   Team
12th Individual
1999 European Junior Championships Mecano 6th Team
4th Individual
2000 European Young Rider Championships Mecano 4th Team
13th Individual
2001 European Young Rider Championships Enzzo 7th Team
5th Individual
2002 European Young Rider Championships Lord Farei   Team
34th Individual
2003 European Championships Tepic La Silla   Team
6th Individual
2004 Olympic Games Olympic 5th Team
50th Individual
2005 World Cup Final Pialotta 6th
2005 European Championships Pialotta   Team
7th Individual
2007 World Cup Final Tresor  
2008 World Cup Final Tresor 7th
2008 Olympic Games Jalisca Solier   Team
9th Individual
2009 World Cup Final Tresor 8th
2009 European Championships Jalisca Solier   Team
16th Individual
2010 World Cup Final Tresor / Jalisca Solier 15th
2010 World Equestrian Games Tresor 13th Team
96th Individual
2011 European Championships Jalisca Solier 6th Team
29th Individual
2012 World Cup Final Nino des Buissonnets  
2012 Olympic Games Nino des Buissonnets 4th Team
2013 World Cup Final Nino des Buissonnets  
2013 European Championships Nino des Buissonnets 5th Team
8th Individual
2014 World Cup Final Nino des Buissonnets 5th
2014 World Equestrian Games Nino des Buissonnets 11th Team
11th Individual
2015 World Cup Final Paille  
2016 World Cup Final Corbinian  
2016 Olympic Games Nino des Buissonnets 6th Team
4th Individual
2017 World Cup Final Bianca 8th
2017 European Championships Bianca   Team
15th Individual
2018 World Cup Final Bianca 10th
2018 World Equestrian Games Bianca 4th Team
2019 World Cup Final Alamo  
2019 European Championships Bianca 6th Team
12th Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ Naughton, Joe (2012-08-08). "Cian O'Connor wins Olympic bronze medal". Sports News Ireland. Retrieved 2012-08-09.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Associated Press (2008-12-22). "Norwegian stripped of Olympic equestrian bronze". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  3. ^ FEI (2012-06-30). Individual jumping world rankings. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ The Times of India (2012-08-08). "Olympics: Guerdat wins individual show jumping gold". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  5. ^ Freeman, Margaret (AP) (2012-08-08). "Swiss Rider Wins Olympic Show Jumping Gold". ABC News. Retrieved 2012-08-09.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Reeves, Nick (2012-08-08). "Swiss end 88-year wait for show jumping gold". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-09.

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