Major Robert Borg (2003)
In recognition of his outstanding dressage riding, training, and coaching from grass roots to Olympic levels. Major Borg coached and rode on the U.S. dressage team in three Olympic Games, earning a team silver medal and placing fourth individually. After a paralyzing riding accident, his indomitable will, strength, and courage enabled him to provide expert training to more than 600 horses for over 45 years at Red Bob Farm in Oxford, MI.
Major Borg is synonymous with the origins of dressage in the United States. His competitive accomplishments are legendary. He coached the U.S. dressage and event horses and riders in the 1948 Olympics in London, and he rode in the dressage as well. This was the last Olympics in which our riders were members of the military. He repeated this feat at the 1952 Games in Helsinki and the 1956 Games in Stockholm. His U.S. Dressage Team won the silver medal in the 1948 Olympics-still the highest placing of a U.S. Team in dressage. Major Borg also placed fourth individually in this Olympics. He is the only person in history who has coached and ridden on the same Olympic Team. He also coached the Gold Medal winning U.S. Eventing Team at the 1948 Olympics. Read more