David Broome

For the Real World contestant, see David Broom.
David Broome

Broome c. 1974
Personal information
Born 1 March 1940 (1940-03) (age 76)
Cardiff, Wales
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport Equestrianism
Event(s) Show jumping
Broome on Sportsman in 1975

David McPherson Broome CBE (born 1 March 1940) is a retired Welsh show jumping champion. He competed in the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1988 Olympics and won individual bronze medals in 1960 and 1968 on his best-known horse Mr Softee.[1] In 1960 he was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and at the 1972 Games served as the Olympic flag bearer for Great Britain.[2]

Broome was born in Wales, attended Monmouth School, and still maintains his stables at Mount Ballan Manor, Crick, near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. He held the individual European title in 1961, 1967 and 1969. In 1970 he won the world title and became Western Mail Welsh Sports Personality of the year. He turned professional in 1973, and in 1978 helped the British team to win the world championship. Broome has won the King George V Gold Cup a record six times on six different horses between 1960–1991, a record yet to be equalled.[1] He has enjoyed most of his success on Irish Sport Horses and he has said his favourite horse of all was Sportsman.

Broome is still active in the administration of the sport. In 2013, he became president of the British Showjumping Association.[3]

Major achievements


  1. 1 2 David Broome. sports-reference.com
  2. Great Britain. sports-reference.com
  3. Members Council Notes, 11th March 2013. britishshowjumping.co.uk
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