Happy Birthday to Gilles Bertran de Balanda, 61 years today!
David Broome on Mr Ross winning the 1981 King George V Gold Cup.
Vintage video clip with Marion Mould (Coakes) on Stroller, A. Roger-Smith on Havana Royal, Andrew Fielder on Vibart and Raimondo d’Inzeo on Bellevue at the 1968 Royal International Horse Show, Wembley, London.
Herbert Meyer (* February 14, 1939), ex German showjumper, trainer and national coach. He comes from a family with traditions in the cavalry, and completed his education at the Reitakademie in München-Riem and studied for Hans-Heinrich Brinckmann. In his younger years he also competed in eventing. In jumping he rode ten times for Germany in the Nations Cup.
He was appointed national coach for the German juniors team in 1969. Until 1985 he lead the juniors to the sum of 21 European Championships medals. After the sudden death of Bundestrainer Hermann Schridde in 1985 Herbert Meyer took over the post as coach for the national team. A post he held with great success until 2000. Under Meyer’s leadership Germany collected a record five Olympic gold medals, and another five gold medals in World and European Championships. In total his German team won 15 medals.
In this photo we see Herbert Meyer on Simona, the wonder mare that would become a legend under Hartwig Steenken.
Liz Edgar on Everest Forever in Queen Elizabeth II Gold Cup in 1981.
Robert Smith, when he was 18 years old, on Video in the 1979 King George V Gold Cup.
British high jump record of 2.32 m set in 1978 by Nick Skelton on Everest Lastic at Olympia, London.
Here’s another vintage video from the jump-off of the King George V Gold Cup in 1978. This is Graham Fletcher on Cool Customer.
Jeff McVean on Claret in the 1978 King George V Gold Cup. Jeff is of course the father of Katie McVean, who recently sold her wonder horse Delphi to Saudi Arabia for an enormous sum.
Francisco Goyoaga (* May 16 1920 in Madrid; † May 25 1980), by everybody called Paco, was one of the greatest riders in the 1950′s. He became the first individual show jumping World Champion when he won the title in Paris 1953 on Quorum. He won two more individual World Championships medals; bronze in Madrid 1954 on Baden and silver in Aachen 1956 on Fahnenkönig. In 1956 he took another victory winning the Grand Prix in Aachen on Fahnenkönig. Francisco Goyoaga participated in three Olympic Games. In Stockholm 1956 with a 15th place, in Rome 1960 and in Tokyo 1964.