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Throwback Thursday

January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday: "If My Life Depended On It": Five Great Riders Talk About Their Greatest Horses

In the January 17, 1997 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, a Between Rounds column by Denny Emerson looked at five great riders' "once in a lifetime" horses. 

What red-blooded young rider hasn’t dreamed of someday riding a true wonder horse? Who hasn’t wanted to ride a horse of such power and scope and courage that he could trust that horse with his very life?

December 29, 2016

A Thoroughbred Sets A Record, The Start Of WEF, And Classic Hunters: The Best Of Throwback Thursday In 2016

The Chronicle has been in print for more than 75 years, and we love bringing the history of the sport to light. In Throwback Thursday posts, we get the memories behind a great photo or video.

These are the top 10 most-read Throwback Thursday posts of 2016, with three entries penned by George H. Morris, some spectacular horses from the past, and nostalgia to spare...

December 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday: It Was A Very Different Horse World In 1939, But The Chronicle Was There

During some free moments during our annual planning meeting this week, we flipped through some old issues of The Chronicle of the Horse. The magazine was started in 1937 (that's right, we'll be celebrating our 80th anniversary next year!). Going through old issues is addictive—there are always reminders of not only how different the world is today, but also in how some aspects of life with horses don't ever change.

The images below are taken from the Dec. 22, 1939 issue of what was then known as just The Chronicle

December 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Waiting Home Was The Best, 51 Percent Of The Time

In the early ‘60s, the great Virginia Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame horseman Delmar Twyman said, “Every great horse has a little rogue in it.” Perhaps no champion has lived up to that saying as much as Waiting Home.

December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Blanket Clause

This hilarious, ever-popular piece by humor columnist Jody Lynne Werner originally ran on Dec. 1, 2014 on Since it's certainly apropos again this Dec. 1, we decided to post it again!

November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday: When Gail Greenough Broke Show Jumping's Glass Ceiling

Thirty years ago, on the world’s biggest stage of show jumping, a relative unknown snagged the individual gold medal in the World Championships in a result that thrilled the world.

In her first appearance in an international team championship, Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four up against individual Olympic silver medalist Conrad Homfeld, French star Pierre Durand and British legend Nick Skelton.

November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Ask The Experts—Why And How Should We Ride Without Stirrups?

George H. Morris is a legendary rider, horseman, author and teacher, not to mention the chef d’equipe for the U.S. show jumping team since 2004. He has always preached the importance of riding without stirrups, and for a 2011 issue of the Chronicle, he was happy to take a few moments to underscore the importance of everyone’s least favorite training experience.

COTH: What are the benefits to riding without stirrups?

November 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Benny O'Meara Was The Star Of The 1962 National Horse Show

By the time Benny O’Meara rolled up to Madison Square Garden with Jacks Or Better in the van for the National Horse Show in 1962, they had already won the Professional Horseman’s Association’s Champion Jumper Of The Year point race (tripling the number of points that anyone had won before).

Benny and Jacks were at the Garden to not only be presented with the trophy and cooler from the PHA but to also show in the open jumper division.

October 27, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Crafting With Campbell At Washington

Two years ago, we went behind the scenes with grand prix rider Kaitlin Campbell to see just how those amazing costumes get put together for the costume class at the Washington International Horse Show...

Kaitlin Campbell’s favorite holiday is Halloween. So naturally, her favorite night of the Washington International Horse Show is Barn Night, when she gets to dress both herself and her horse in costume for the $20,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume Class.

October 20, 2016

Throw Back 40 Years... No, Wait, I Want Them All!

One year ago, I sat in the seats overlooking the arena at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show struck by the sharp memories of the last time I’d been in that location—exactly 42 years earlier.

Four decades ago I was a teenager, with equitation finals glory as my goal. Last fall, I returned to the Farm Show Arena to compete in the NAL Adult Jumper Finals.

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