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June 5, 2012

The Shamateur Rider

Dec. 1, 1967

Chronicle editor Alexander Mackay-Smith calls for professionals to be allowed to ride in the Olympic Games.

The “Shamateur” Rider

June 5, 2012

Horse Welfare In The 1960s

March 25, 1960

Soring Tennessee Walking Horses and drugging hunters was as much an issue and topic of discussion in 1960 as it is today.

Cruelty To Hunters And Jumpers

June 5, 2012

Gladstone Founded

The Chronicle reports on the founding of the U.S. Equestrian Team training center in Gladstone, N.J., where it remains today.

Jan. 27, 1961

U.S. Equestrian Team Center

June 5, 2012

1960 Conformation Hunter Report

Nov. 4, 1960

Margaret L. Smith reports on an epic battle in the conformation hunters at the Pennsylvania National in 1960.

Conformation Hunters

Two breathtakingly beautiful Thoroughbreds were crowned champion and reserve in the Conformation Hunter Division. Cold Climate, his chestnut coat gleaming like gold under the brilliant lights of the arena, earned the title of champion, and won a second leg on the Waiting Home Challenge Trophy, for his owner Mrs. J. Deane Rucker, whose Spanish Mint had won it last year.

June 5, 2012

1960 Prix des Nations Report

Sept. 30, 1960

Editor Alexander Mackay-Smith reports on the Olympic Prix des Nations in Rome in 1960.

Olympic Prix Des Nations

As the shadows moved across the greensward and gaily painted fences in the center of Rome’s Olympic stadium, a bay Thoroughbred mare tiptoed down the ramp beneath a pink-coated rider. The crowd which filled every seat and aisle of the arena suddenly hushed with anticipation.

June 5, 2012

The Birth Of The Chronicle of the Horse

Jan. 6, 1961

Alexander Mackay-Smith explains to readers about the merging of The Chronicle and Horse magazine.


May 29, 2012

Horse Show Judges

Oct. 9, 1953

The issue of judging at horse shows was as much a topic of discussion in 1953 as it is today.

May 29, 2012

Our Best Ambassadors

Sept. 19, 1958

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.

May 29, 2012

Benny Beats The Heat

Sept. 17, 1954

This account of the selection trials for the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games leaves the reader wondering how any combinations were fit to compete!

May 29, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1950s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

The 1950s brought big changes for horse sports, and for The Chronicle, as it was still known throughout the ‘50s.

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