We wish Liz Edgar a very Happy Birthday! Liz Edgar (* April 28, 1943 in Cardiff, Wales), sister of David Broome, wife of Ted Edgar and mother of Marie Edgar is one of the most talented and successful lady show jumping riders of all time. She quickly established herself as a talented rider making her [...]
Remembering Gerd Wiltfang, who was born on this day 66 years ago. He was one the most talented riders ever and was only 51 years old when he died of heart failure in 1997. Gerd Wiltfang (* April 27, 1946 in Stuhr; † July 1, 1997 in Thedinghausen), a baker’s son who became individual World [...]
Tough guys on a rainy day – American show jumping legends Frank Chapot, Bill Steinkraus and Bertalan de Neméthy!
Kevin Bacon (* March 20, 1932 in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia) is a true horseman and showman. This immensely popular Australian rider toured the European show jumping circuit for decades. He competed in three Olympic Games; Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Montreal 1976. His was famous for his peculiar style in the saddle, [...]
Anton Ebben on Kairouan in Rotterdam 1967. Anton Ebben (* December 22, 1930, † February 4, 2011) from the Netherlands was a big name and a popular rider on the show jumping arenas all over the world in the 1960′s and 1970′s. He was very successful on Kairouan in the 1960′s. They were fifth in [...]
Pat Smythe on Flanagan flying over the water at the Olympics in Stockholm 1956, where she won a bronze medal with the British team. Patricia Rosemary Smythe (22 November 1928 – February 27, 1996), most commonly known as Pat Smythe, was one of Britain’s premier female showjumpers. She later married in 1960 after the Summer [...]
Happy Birthday to Lutz Merkel, celebrating 75 years today! Lutz Merkel (* April 13, 1937) stepped into the international show jumping scene when he won his his first S-class in Frankfurt 1961 on Hardenberg. He was invited to join the DOKR centre in Warendorf where he came under the wings of Hans Günter Winkler. In [...]
Here’s a fantastic jump-off from Horse of the Year Show in London 1981 with the fresh Junior European Champion Lesley McNaught, the youngsters John Whitaker and Nick Skelton, David Broome, Malcolm Pyrah, Sally Mapleson, Liz Edgar and Caroline Bradley!
British rider Debbie Johnsey on Moxy just missed out on a medal finishing fourth individually in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Debbie was elected Daily Express Sports Woman of the year 1976 and was ranked as Number One lady rider in the world for four consecutive years. Here she is seen over the last fence [...]
Alwin Schockemöhle on his beautiful Rex the Robber in Rotterdam 1974. The grey Rex the Robber was a Dutch bred Anglo Arabian by Noran x Blackamoor born in 1963. Alwin had a special relationship with this horse, that didn’t have extreme scope but was very careful and at times a quite capricious. Alwin very fond [...]