John Kyle is a professional sports commentator and voiceover artist, specialising in equestrianism. He was the equestrian commentator for the TV world-feed from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and an on-site commentator at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also been on the microphone at numerous other high-profile championships and events.
John was born and raised in Co Wicklow, Ireland, although he seems to have escaped without an Irish accent — unless that’s what you wish for, of course! His parents, Gillian and Johnny Kyle, both rode at the top level and his brother Mark has followed in their footsteps, representing Ireland at the 2004, 2012 & 2016 Olympics.
John started commentating when he was in his late teens and worked live on site at events and for television alongside studying at Glasgow and Cambridge and later while holding various positions in the British Army and in events administration.
In the summer of 2011 John decided to turn his hobby into a full-time profession and commit to building a strong portfolio of commentating work. Now based in London, he travels all over Britain and internationally, particularly for regular work in the USA and Europe.
Through the winter, his main job is voicing the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League shows for FEI TV, while in the summer he commentates on eventing and Nations Cup jumping for FEI TV, but also takes the microphone on site at horse trials, county shows and other major events.
Highlights of John’s commenting career include providing in-ear expert commentary every day of the equestrian events at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and being one of the two live commentators over the PA system on cross-country day; live on-site work at the 2003 European Eventing Championships at Punchestown and the 2005 European Eventing Championships at Blenheim in both French and English; two full weeks work for FEI TV in all FEI disciplines at both the 2010 and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™, providing both live commentary on the action and pieces to camera for daily highlights programmes.
He has worked at all Britain’s leading horse trials, including Badminton and Burghley, and has been heard live in the main rings at Hickstead and Dublin Horse Show, as well as in the Millennium Stadium.
For television, John has acted as the colour and continuity commentator on Blair Castle Horse Trials for BBC Scotland and international highlights programmes and has commentated for Irish national broadcaster RTÉ. His work for FEI TV is also frequently shown on Eurosport and Horse and Country TV in Britain and has been used by CBS Sports Network and HRTV in the USA.
John is also interested in expanding his commentary and voiceover career beyond equestrianism. As an Army Reserve officer he has commentated on a number of major ceremonial Army events, including the installations of both Lord Dannatt and General Sir Nicholas Houghton as Constable of the Tower of London, and has a general voiceover showreel available.
John would be delighted to discuss your commentary or voiceover requirements, so please do get in touch.