Thomas Gayford, equestrian (b at Toronto, Ont 21 Nov 1928). An outstanding international competitor, Tom Gayford was a member of the Canadian jumping team from the late 1940s until the early 1970s; he then became team coach. Tom Gayford first represented Canada at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 3-day event and in 1959 helped win the 3-day event Pan-American Games gold medal. With James DAY
and James ELDER
he formed the gold-medal show-jumping team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. This team went on to win several international events. Gayford also captained the 1971 champion Pan-American Games team. He was 3 times individual high-jumping champion at the NY National Horse Show and jumping champion at the National Horse Show (1972). After 1978 Tom Gayford served as chef d'équipe
of the national jumping team. In 1976 he designed the Montréal Olympic jumping course.
1968 Equestrian Team
Riders Jim Day, Jim Elder and Tom Gayford (from left to right), gold medallists in show jumping at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. To date, theirs is the only Olympic gold medal Canada has won in equestrian events (courtesy Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, www.sportshall.ca).