Where are they now?

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The Independent Online
WHEN Richard Meade, Britain's leading equestrian for more than 20 years, retired from competition in 1986, he considered he was due for a change of direction. 'I thought I would probably turn my hand to something else, something different,' he said.

Instead, he is more heavily involved with horses than ever. An international judge and course designer, he is a former president of the British Equestrian Federation, current chairman of the British Horse Foundation and will attend the World Equestrian Games in the Netherlands this week as representative for Northern Europe on the Bureau of the International Equestrian Federation. 'In the end I beame involved with so many things to do with horses that I decided to stick with what I knew,' he said.

Meade, Britain's most successful Olympic horseman, won a team gold for the three-day event in Mexico in 1968, team and individual golds in the same competition in Munich in 1972.

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