• Pius Schwizer
  • Competing for: Switzerland
  • From: Oensingen
  • Age: 54

A Olympic Bronze and European Gold medal winner, Pius Schwizer began horseback riding at four and competing at eight, following in the footsteps of his father who was a former cavalry office and founder of the Riding Club Eich.

Pius has since represented his country in two Olympic Games, winning a Team Bronze in 2008, and four European Championships, winning Team Gold in 2009, and is a regular on the Swiss Nations Cup team. 

Pius now counts winning the European Championship with his Swiss team among his greatest career achievements. Pius cites his strength as stamina, strong nerves and focus, while stating his weakness is having ‘sometimes too much energy’. His advice to other riders is to always respect each other, and he is very much looking forward to LGCT again this year.

Fast facts

Competed in the 2007, 2011 and 2013 European Championships

2008 Beijing Olympic Team Bronze medallist with Nobless M

2009 European Team Gold medallist with Ulysse

Competed in the 2012 Olympic Games finishing 4th in the Team event

Competed in the 2014 and 2010 World Championships

2015 Shangai Grand Prix Silver medallist with Caretina De Joter