Nina Lamsam Ligon will compete for Thailand at the London 2012Olympics in Equestrian Eventing, the “triathlon” of horse sports,the only events where men and women compete equally. She is adual Thai/US citizen. Nina will be the first woman to represent an Asian nation in Olympic Eventing, and the youngest eventer atLondon 2012. In September, she will enter Stanford University inPalo Alto, California as a Freshman.
In Eventing the rider competes on the same horse in three different disciplines over three days: dressage, crosscountry, and showjumping. The modern sport was developed as a test of horse and rider skills by the French cavalry in the late 19
Century. The sport celebrates its 100
Anniversary as an Olympic event at the London Games. The three equestrian sports, including Eventing, are the only Olympic events where men and women competeequally, both head to head and as team-mates. Prior to 1964, Eventing was an all male sport, and prior to 1952, wasreserved exclusively to cavalry officers of the competing nations.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
•First woman to represent an Asian nation in Olympic Eventing (London 2012)• Youngest competitor in Eventing at London 2012 (20 years old)•HSBC/FEI (International Equestrian Federation) “Rising Star Award” winner, 2011 (presented to the 14-21 yearold equestrian from any discipline and nation who best represents outstanding sporting talent and commitment)• Thai Equestrian Federation “Rider of the Year” Award, 2011•US Eventing Association “Young Rider of the Year” Award for both 2010 and 2011• Team Silver Medal, and top Thai finisher (4
Asian Games, Guangzhou, China, 2010•Individual and Team Gold Medal winner, 24
Southeast Asian Games, Pattaya, Thailand, 2007
Nina Ligon and herhorse Butts Leonwill compete in theequestrian eventingat the London2012 Olympics,from July 28 - 31 inGreenwich Park.
T h a i O l y m p i c E q u e s t r i a n
www.ninaligon.com@ninaligonNina Ligon: Thai Eventer+44 7716391090 (English)+44 7743063993 (Thai)