From the Trophy Cabinet of the ‘Godfather of British Show Jumping’

From the Trophy Cabinet of the ‘Godfather of British Show Jumping’

Treasures from the trophy cabinet of Peter Robeson (1929-2018) – double Olympic medallist and ‘godfather of British show jumping’ – come for sale at Sworders next week.


16 September 2022

The collection, numbering 30 lots in total, will be sold on September 21, as part of the regular Homes & Interiors auction. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Injured Jockey Fund.


  A 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Olympic bronze medal, £4,000-5,000

The highlight promises to be the Olympic bronze medal won by Robeson as part of the British show jumping team in 1956. This award is particularly rare. While the 1956 Games were officially held in Melbourne; due to Australian quarantine restrictions, the equestrian events took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Consequently just 66 riders competed with only 12 bronze medals minted across all of the events. Peter Robeson and his horse Scorchin won the bronze in the team event. The medal, that is cast with the words XVI Olympiadens Ryttartavlingar 1956 Stockholm comes in its original case and is expected to bring £4,000-5,000. 


 A 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Olympic bronze medal, £4,000-5,000


A 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Olympics participation medal is also a rare issue. One of just 158 made, it is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

Riding Firecrest, Robeson won a second bronze medal in the individual show jumping at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics while his two main horses, Craven A and Grebe, took numerous Grand Prix titles in addition to the King George V Gold Cup at the Royal International Horse Show in 1967.

Married to late Renee Louise Marie de Rothschild, Robeson later owned and trained National Hunt racehorses at a stud in Tyringham, Newport Pagnell. Affectionately known as ‘the boss’, he was actively involved in running the yard up until his final days. 

These lots will be offered in our September 21 Homes & Interiors sale, you can view the collection of lots here.





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