The Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Olympics rider, author and conservationist, Patricia Koechlin-Smythe is a pioneering female athlete recognized for her dedicated work as trustee of the World Wildlife Fund and member of the Committee for Education of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
Patricia Koechlin-Smythe soon rose to prominence when she was placed on the British Showjumping Team in 1947, a position she retained until 1963.
She won numerous international Grands Prix and competitions in Europe, Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia and New Zealand. She twice set world high jump records for female riders, at 2m10 on Kilgeddin in Paris (1950) and at 2m22 on Prince Hal in Brussels (1954). She won an Olympic medal as a member of the British Equestrian Olympic Team at Stockholm in 1956, the first year when women were permitted to ride in an Olympic team, and rode again with the British Equestrian Olympic Team in Rome in 1960. She was European Ladies Champion four times between 1957 and 1963.
ln 1967 she became the first woman to captain the British team when it won the Nations' Cup in Aachen for the first time. ln 1974 she again captained the winning British team in the Nations' Cup in Madrid.
Mrs. Koechlin-Smythe has written 22 books and a host of articles for newspapers and magazines. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1956. She is a freeman of the Guild of Farriers, the City of London, and the Guild of Loriners and a yeoman of the Guild of Saddlers.
Published in 1984