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May 29, 2012

The Scope Of The Chronicle

Oct. 10, 1952

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.

May 29, 2012

Rights For Women

Aug. 17, 1951

The Chronicle reports on the debate over women riding in the show jumping at the Olympic Games.

Urgent representations that American women be permitted to ride in the Prix des Nations contest of the 1952 Olympics at Helsinki are being pressed by the U.S. Equestrian Team, Inc., Whitney Stone, Chairman of the Team’s Executive Committee, declared here today.

May 21, 2012

Highlight At Devon

Sept. 30, 1949

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.

May 21, 2012

Patriotism And Horsemanship

August 19, 1949

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.

May 21, 2012

Letter To The Editor: Aug. 6, 1948

Aug. 6, 1948

Like today, horse welfare was on the mind of many equestrians, and this topic was reflected in the letters to the editor.

Illusion Marred

I am taking pen in hand and “sticking my neck out” at the same time to relay an incident that occurred at a recent local horse show, our largest and best summer show.

It was a perfect summer day everyone concentrating on the class being judged in the ring. We were surrounded by groups of really enthusiastic horsemen, not much could mar the next few hours (we thought).

May 21, 2012

The Country Horse Show

June 3, 1938

The Chronicle 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.

May 21, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1930s And 1940s

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.

May 21, 2012

The 1948 Olympic Games Prix De Nations

August 27, 1948

Thomas Clyde reported on the show jumping competition at the 1948 London Olympic Games for the Chronicle.

When Mariles Cortes of Mexico trotted into Wembley Stadium on Saturday on his famous bay Arete, he shouldered a nerve racking responsibility. He was the last rider of the Mexican team, and he was the last competitor of 44. The Mexicans could afford 28 faults to beat Spain who made 56½. But although Cortes had this fair margin of faults, he had to complete the course or else his team would be disqualified.

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