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.
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.