“Do I remember? You kidding? You don't forget stuff like that,” Jim Wofford told me when I contacted him about a remarkable photo I found in a Chronicle issue from 50 years ago.
The story about the 1967 Myopia Horse Trials in Hamilton and Ipswich, Mass., in the June 23, 1967 issue looked like any other, with a short report, results, and a page of photos. But one of those photos made me do a doubletake. It was a photo of a pretty substantial river, with a horse’s head and the torso of a rider above water.
When Brunello M was a younger horse, Melissa Torreano wasn’t quite sure that the little white ring was where he belonged.
“He was a little bit of a hot youngster—he was great under saddle but kind of a brat out in his pasture,” she said. “He’ll chase deer out of his paddock, jump the fence, go running through the woods. We were wondering if maybe his dream was to be an eventer.”
Carmen Schatte started her 2017 season by riding Lady Elvira to the top of the training rider division at Ocala Winter I Horse Trials (Fla.) on Jan. 7-8. But a few years ago, Schatte wasn’t even sure if she wanted to keep riding.
She’d worked hard to achieve her goals with her off-the-track Thoroughbred The Flying Tomato—bringing him up to be consistent at the preliminary level and jumping around their first intermediate cross-country.
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.
Hennessy’s extravagant over-jumping style in the baby green classes at the Harvest Horse Show (Texas) on Nov. 2-6 might have surprised spectators, but rider Hannah Evans pretty much expected the extra air time.
Evans is sitting chilly on top of the 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood’s massive efforts over 2’6” jumps with a hint of a smile on her face.