When the Chronicle posted a photo of Lisa Goldman and Centurion B winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on its Facebook page, the comments about the chestnut’s clip job almost outnumbered the congratulations.
As 2014 begins, we took a look back at the most read articles on www.chronofhorse.com in 2013. They ranged from thought-provoking blogs to hilarious lists to unusually colored horses and inspiring partnerships... Click on the titles to read them all.
Want to see the world's best show jumpers go head to head? Tune in to NBC Sports at 4:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 29 to catch an hour-long broadcast of the exciting Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva, one of the events of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Check your local listings to see if and when your local NBC channel is broadcasting the class.
For this edition of Chronicle Throwback Thursday, we're going back to the summer of 1977. It was the time of the Red Rider, Rodney Jenkins, and hardly an edition of the Chronicle was published without a photo of him appearing on its pages. Here are a few of those pages...
From the July 15, 1977 issue, a collection of winners from the Ox Ridge Hunt Club Horse Show in Darien, Conn. Not only does Jenkins feature on the famous Idle Dice, but hunter legend Dave Kelley also appears.
Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Equestrian Federation has used selection trials in some manner to select teams for major international championships—the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games. The selection was done purely objectively for many years, based just on the selection trials results.
Former chef d’equipe George Morris re-introduced some subjectivity to the process in the last decade, adding the ability for a selection committee to name a team member or two independent of their trials results.
The year was 1968. U.S. eventers had gone to England to prepare for the Mexico City Olympic Games at the Badminton Three-Day Event, and the Chronicle published a news report of their results from Badminton, including photos of each team member, in the June 4, 1968 issue.
One reader took exception to the position of now-legendary Jim Wofford (see below) and wrote a letter that sparked lots of debate. Scroll down to see the drama unfold.