The Chronicle editor argues that money spent on the U.S. Equestrian Team will be beneficial to U.S. foreign policy.
These are troubled times. As the most powerful nation in the world it is probably inevitable—even though often painful—that we should be under more or less constant attack from some portion of the globe. Certainly no phase of American life has been more violently attacked in recent years than our foreign policy, not only by our most bitter enemies, but also by our oldest and staunchest allies.
In 1952, the staff of the Chronicle was discussing which sports and disciplines the Chronicle should cover, and that debate continues today.
One of the most difficult problems with which the staff of The Chronicle has to deal from day to day is just what should go into the paper and what should stay out. Continually we get suggestions from readers, advertisers and contributors—critical and friendly.
The following is an editorial following the first selection trial for the 1952 Olympic Games. The U.S. selectors were still trying to sort out how they would choose an Olympic team, and no amateurs showed up at the trials, held at the Devon Horse Show grounds in Pennsylvania, to try out for the eventing team.
Choosing a team for the Olympic Games was as much a hot topic in 1949 as it is in 2012. Once civilians were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, the U.S. selectors struggled to find the best way to form teams without the help of the Army.
TheChronicle brings up the importance of the local horse show, a subject that’s still an issue today in an age of big horse show business.
The small country Horse Show has an especial appeal, which is lacking in the great shows, the appeal of friendliness, of mutual cooperation, and the knowledge that whether the judges provide you with a ribbon or not, it still is fun to show the horse, and it is a fair test of his ability.