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  1. #1
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    Default 1932 Olympic Showjumping Gold medalist Uranus - What was his breeding?

    I recently saw Letters from Iwo Jima (great movie, BTW. How is it that Clint Eastwood is such a badass??) and was pretty dang surprised to see that Japan had won Individual Olympic Gold in Showjumping in 1932. The rider/owner was Colonel Baron Takeishi Nishi.

    He apparently (gleaned from the movie and some quick internet research) bought his horse, Uranus, from Italy where Uranus was a reject. I just find it spectacular that Colonel Nishi just went and picked out a personal horse (it's not like he had a string of showjumpers, he was a military man), trained Uranus himself, and won Olympic gold against all the "usual suspects" like the U.S., Sweden and the Netherlands.

    So, anyone know the horse's breeding?



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    Nope but to add a horse to the list for a pedigree guru: Gail Greenough's Mr. T
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Greenough



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    Sorry, I only found that T. Nishi bought Uranus for $500.
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    Mr. T was bei Wohlan a Hannoverian ! For the rest I would need to search a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy.smaga View Post
    Sorry, I only found that T. Nishi bought Uranus for $500.
    Well, I'm impressed that you found even that much about him. So, in 1932 the dollar was worth about 1/30 what it is now, inflation wise. Thus, Colonel Nishi spent about $15,000 in 2010 dollars.

    Quite the bargain, for an Olympic gold medalist

    If anyone finds out anything more, I'd love to see it. I guess I just find it so interesting because it was so random and unexpected, and I don't think Japan has medaled in SJ since. Well, that and the character of Colonel Nishi in the movie was really cool too.



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