Hometown: Unionville, Pa. Birthday: 2/11/1976 Sport/Disciplines: Eventing
The Davidson name is legendary in the eventing world, and Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr., has focused on following in the footsteps of his father Bruce, an Olympic medalist and the only person to ever win back-to-back World Championships. Though much of his younger years were devoted primarily to baseball, a sports-related injury changed his focus. Always a rider, Davidson began his career as a fox hunter and timber jockey. Davidson had an impressive history as a young rider, winning the Markham Trophy as the highest-placed young rider in a USET Championship three times, and was the 1996 Young Rider of the Year.
Davidson has tallied numerous top results throughout his career and represented the U.S. on world stage on several occasions. In 1999, he made his U.S. team debut at the Pan American Games with Pajama Game. Davidson competed in his second Pan American Games in 2011, riding Absolute Liberty to team gold and individual bronze medals. With Ballynoe Castle RM, Davidson competed in the 2010 and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. He is also a three-time USEF CCI5*-L Eventing National Champion with Mystic Mike in 2003, My Boy Bobby in 2009, and Ballynoe Castle RM in 2013.
Davidson’s recent top results include second- and third-place finishes at the 2021 Virginia International Horse Trials CCI4*-L with Cooley Candyman and Sorocaima, respectively, and a fifth-place finish at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5* with Carlevo.
Davidson and his wife, Andrea, run BDJ Equestrian and have two daughters, Aubrey and Ellie.