Don’t Miss the New USHJA Wheeler Museum Exhibit

Equitation — A Foundation for Life

November 21, 2012

Equitation- A Foundation for Life is the newest exhibit of the USHJA Wheeler Museum with some of the most famous names in show jumping history among the equitation champions featured. The exhibit opened October 22nd and runs through January 31, 2013.

Do you know which Olympic medalist has never owned a horse in his entire life? Find out which riders trained themselves at Madison Square Garden. Discover who stayed in the horse business and who went on to have equally successful careers outside of it, and what those careers are. Read the inspirational story of the 1936 Maclay winner, who at 90 years of age, is still riding and enjoying horses. Can you guess how many champions named their mothers when asked “who brought you into the sport?”

The items that USHJA is fortunate to feature in the exhibit include equitation trophies from all three of the major finals. Wilson Dennehy, the only rider in history to win all three of the major equitation championships in the same year, graciously loaned both his ASPCA Maclay and AHSA/USEF Medal Finals trophies to the exhibit. While World Cup Finals rider, Joie Gatlin, generously provided her trophy from winning the first USET Medal Finals- West Championship when it was instituted in 1982. Also on display are Conrad Homfeld’s Olympic Medals from the 1984 Games with Abdullah, the Olympic and Pan-American Medals won by Michael Page aboard his mounts, Grasshopper and Foster, and various memorabilia that USEF President-Elect Chrystine Jones Tauber accumulated from her years spent representing the U.S. Equestrian Team. A large assortment of photos, taken of our riders, both at the time of their Finals win, as well as later on in their careers, will be showcased alongside ribbons and coolers that represent each of the three equitation finals.

Now you can enjoy the exhibit by taking advantage of the USHJA Wheeler Museum’s Virtual Celebration exhibit. Experience the stories, view the photos, answer trivia questions, watch videos of winning equitation rounds, and personally interact by creating your own profile page within the exhibit. New content will be added throughout the time the exhibit is open, so check back often.

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