It’s personal. As a kid in the ‘60s I had the chance to see things that were part of our history and now 50 years later some of that history has faded away. And frankly, I don’t want to see it disappear. I want the young U. S. horsemen and women to have the chance to know what came before them, to realize the hard work, pride and tradition that undergirds U.S. horsemanship.
I stood at the rail in Madison Square Garden watching great riders like Bill Steinkraus, Kathy Kusner, Frank Chapot, Hugh Wiley, the d’Inzeo brothers, Tom Gayford, the Argentine team, and the Irish Team etc. I saw amazing horses like Untouchable, Bold Minstrel, Riviera Wonder, Ksar d’Esprit, Nautical, Snowbound, Aberali and Sinjon. I Stood right next to a puissance wall when the height of 7’1″ was achieved. I remember hearing the horse canter up, suddenly a grunt and no more hoof beats, the ears appeared, then knees, then the rest of the horse. Silence was followed by a thud and grunt as the horse cantered off amid audience cheers
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