David McPherson Broome CBE (born 1 March 1940) is a retired Welsh show jumping champion.
Broome was born in Wales, attended Monmouth School and still maintains his stables at Mount Ballan Manor, Crick, near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. He won the European championships in 1961, 1967, and 1969, individual Olympic bronze medals in 1960 and 1968, the latter on his best-known horse Mr Softee, on which he was only two fences (8 faults) behind the Gold medal position. In 1960 he was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He won the World individual championship in 1970, and in the same year was Western Mail Welsh Sports Personality of the year. In 1978 he was part of the world championship winning British team. He turned professional in 1973. David Broome has won the King George V Gold Cup a record six times on six different horses between 1960–1991, a record yet to be equalled. He has enjoyed most of his success on Irish Sport Horses and he has said his favourite horse of all was Sportsman.
Broome is still active in the administration of the sport.
Major achievementsOlympic Games
1960 Rome: Individual Bronze medal on Sunsalve1968 Mexico: Individual Bronze medal on Mister Softee1988 Seoul: Equal 4th place on CountrymanWorld championships
1960 Venice: Individual Bronze medal on Sunsalve1970 La Baule: Individual Gold medal on Beethoven1978 Aachen: Team Gold medal on Philco1982 Dublin: Team Bronze medal on Mr Ross1990 Stockholm: Team Bronze medal on LanneganEuropean championships
1961 Aachen: Individual Gold medal on Sunsalve1967 Rotterdam: Individual Gold medal on Mister Softee1969 Hickstead: Individual Gold medal on Mister Softee1977 Vienna: Team Silver medal on Philco1979 Rotterdam: Team Gold medal on Queensway Big Q1983 Hickstead: Team Silver medal on Mr Ross1991 La Baule: Team Silver medal on LanneganFEI World Cup
World Cup Jumping League Winner 1979/80 with Queensway Big Q and SportsmanWorld Cup qualifier wins
1978/1979 's-Hertogenbosch on Philco1979/1980 Birmingham on Sportsman1979/1980 Wien on Philco1979/1980 Bordeaux on Queensway Big Q1979/1980 Amsterdam on Sportsman1980/1981 Olympia (London) on Philco1981/1982 London (Olympia) on Philco1981/1982 Dublin on Mr Ross1983/1984 Amsterdam on Last Resort1966 Hickstead Derby winner on Mister SofteeKing George V Gold Cup
1960 on Sunsalve1966 on Mister Softee1972 on Sportsman1977 on Philco1981 on Mr Ross1991 on LanneganInternational Grand Prix wins include:
1960 Dublin on Sunsalve1967 Dublin on Mr Softee1968 Dublin on Mr Softee1970 La Baule on Beethoven1973 St.Gallen on Manhattan1975 Olympia (London) on Philco1977 Dublin on Philco1979 Amsterdam on Sportsman1979 Dublin on Sportsman1981 Olympia (London) on Philco1980 Olympia (London) on Philco1983 Amsterdam on Last Resort1981 Dublin on Queensway Big Q1981 Spruce Meadows on Queensway Philco1981 Horse of the Year Show (Wembley Arena) on Mr Ross