Bruce “Buck” Davidson Jr. has been in the saddle since birth. While Buck may be known as son of Eventing legend Bruce Davidson, Buck is successful in his own right. His many accomplishments on and off of a horse make for an outstanding athlete, horseman, competitor, trainer, coach and clinician.
Buck Davidson's father, Bruce O. Davidson was born in Rome, New York on December 31st 1949. He was the third of four children born to his parents Francis and Annette. His father, a businessman, and his mother, a concert pianist turned fulltime housewife, neither had any real experience with or desire to be around horses. As a result, it was not until the family moved to Westport, Massachusetts did Bruce have the opportunity to realize his great passion for horses. Like any boy, Bruce frowned at the idea of moving and leaving all his friends behind. But this void of friendship was quickly filled with his newfound friendship in horses.
A friend of his parents, Bruce found a near surrogate father in Mr. Tuckerman, who showed Bruce the bond he could find with a horse. It was also Mr. Tuckerman who, knowing Bruce’s aptitude to lose things, painted everything, in his own colors of red and yellow, before his first trip to pony club so everyone would know who to return it to.
His parents were hard working and knew the value of money, they didn’t want to just give Bruce a pony, they wanted him to realize the work involved and the responsibility. So each summer Bruce would get a pony for next to nothing at the sales, he would train it and take care of it all summer and then sell it before going back to school in the fall. He would then use that money through out the year and then make sure he saved enough to get a better pony the next spring. He did this for years. It wasn’t until he finally made it to buying Irish Cap that he just couldn’t sell him. He knew that he had something really special. It was Irish Cap that Bruce says taught him everything he knows. And it was Irish Cap that gave Bruce his first World Championship Gold Medal in 1974.
Bruce left Iowa State University in his third year of pre-veterinary medicine to train with the USET, to his parents chagrin. Bruce knew he was never going back.
Bruce has been competing internationally since 1971. He won his first Olympic metal in 1972. He has won two Olympic team Gold medals, 1976 & 1984, and two Olympic team Silver medals, 1972 & 1996. Bruce was the first American to win a World Championship title, 1974, and in those days the winning individuals’ country was awarded the honor of hosting the next World Equestrian Games. So that is why the Kentucky Horse Park was constructed. He then defended his title in Kentucky, 1978, to become the first and only equestrian to ever win back-to-back titles. He was individual Bronze Metal winner at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. Bruce was the individual and team Gold Medalist at the 1995 Pam American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the first American to ever win prestigious Bedminton CCI**** in England (1995). Bruce was the highest places rider in the World FEI rankings in 1993 and 1995; and he has been named the USCTA’s leading rider for all the years from 1980 – 1995.
Bruce has trained numerous horses, such as: Irish Cap, Might Tango, Beacon Charm, Dr. Peaches, JJ Babu, Pirate Lion, Regent Lion, Heyday, Eagle Lion, Squelch, Little Tricky, Jam. He has trained them from the beginning up through the international levels.×
Buck runs a training and competition facility during the winter in Ocala, FL and the summers in Riegelsville, PA. His students range from young riders and adult amateurs to professionals. He has a unique ability to connect and improve his students and their horses by truly caring about the progress of each individual student and horse. The end results speak for themselves.
Buck contributes to eventing articles that have been published by The Chronicle of the Horse, USEA and more. Buck is also a board member of FlyPups.
Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Belgian Warmblood/Irish Thoroughbred cross (Ramiro B x Ballyvaldon Natalie) gelding. "Reggie" is named after superstar athlete Reggie Miller.
Buck and Reggie have been long-time partners competing multiple times at Rolex, they represented the U.S. at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and traveled to England as alternates for the United States eventing Olympic squad in 2008. Reggie is often seen at mutliple events around the country including Galway, Richland, and it was almost Aachen until a bone bruise put Reggie on break.
Reggie has made his debut at Red Hills 2014 and we are looking forward to an exciting season with Reggie!
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding. "Kobe" is named after superstar athlete Kobe Bryant.
Buck originally saw Kobe galloping through the fields with another rider and knew he had to have him and they have been a competitive pair ever since. Kobe recently completed his first Rolex CCI****. This is a horse to keep your eye on in the future!
Rocky is a 2005 chestnut Oldenburg gelding by Noble Champion out of a thoroughbred mare named Chestnut Lady. Chestnut Lady is in the Main Mare Book of the Oldenburg Verband and is also the dam of Absolute Liberty (Libby).
Rocky earned the 4 Year Old Spalding Young Event Horse National Reserve Championship in 2009 and is currently competing at the Intermediate Level.
Dinero is a 2000, 16.2h, Bay, Selle Francais (Baika de Baussy x Anarcos) gelding.
Dirk is a 2004, Irish Sport Horse Gelding.
Dirk was imported from Ireland only about 2 years ago. His jumping talent was apparent from day one. Buck has been working with this young prospect and will be going to Saumer, France this Spring to compete.
Moe is a 2005 Dutch Warmblood Gelding (Rash R. x Yadirmie). Moe was imported from the Netherlands in 2009 and has been competing with Buck this past year.
Brevan is a 2006, bay, Irish Sport Horse, gelding.
Sean is a 2006 chestnut, Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Sean was imported from Ireland in 2012 and has been competing with Buck.
Max is a 2002 Thoroughbred
Bo is a 2008 Thoroughbred gelding.
Bean is a 2007 Thoroughbred Mare.
Riviera is an 2008 grey, Oldenburg mare.
Tiger is a 2007 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
YOUNG RIDERS DREAM!!!! 1999 16.3 hand tb gelding. Pepper is qualified for a CCI** and is a young rider or amateurs dream. He always trys 150%, is dead quiet, honest, good mover and careful jumper. Ready to bring someone up through the levels or hit the ground running.
Absolute Liberty has officially been retired. We are looking forward to seeing her babies in future years!
Libby was foaled July 4th weekend in 2003, thus she received the name Liberty. She is a 15.3h Oldenburg mare by Mark Todd's Aberjack out of a thoroughbred mare named Chestnut Lady. Chestnut Lady is in the Main Mare Book of the Oldenburg Verband and is also the dam of No More Rocks (Rocky), another promising youngster ridden by Buck.
Libby was Buck's mount for the 2011 PanAm Games where they won Gold.
Libby has been retired but we are excited to see some amazing babies from her!
Simon, a 2006 black OTTB, had an unfortunate injury during competition in 2014 and had to be humanely euthanized. Simon will be remembered by everyone that worked with him.