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July 2, 2013

End Over End

It took jockey David Bourke a long time to recover from the broken pelvis he sustained in this rotational fall during the 1994 International Gold Cup steeplechase in The Plains, Va., but his mount, Political Angel, was unhurt.

Today Bourke works as a trainer, and photographer Douglas Lees of Warrenton, Va., continues to capture spectacular images like this one—albeit in color—as he’s done for decades.

June 28, 2013

A Three-Point Landing

This image, from the Dec. 24, 1965 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, shows rider Jennifer Smith coming a cropper from Mrs. R. Neild’s Cinnamon Lad in the preliminary division of that year's national horse trials at Hideaway Farm in Geneseo, N.Y.

Stirlin Harris, who snapped this photo, still runs Hideaway Farm with his wife, Beth. Together they breed Connemara ponies (and stood the renowned eventing stallion Hideaway’s Erin Go Bragh) and are longtime members of the Genesee Valley Hunt.

June 28, 2013

A Good Old Fashioned Steamrolling

This series was submitted by photographer J. Bruce Baumann of Evansville, Ind., to the National Press Photographers Association Annual Award competition in 1965. He earned second place out of roughly 9,000 entries in the sports picture series category.

June 28, 2013

Eve Made It Interesting

This image, which first appeared in the Sept. 24, 1965 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, shows the legendary Eve Fout in a rare position: making a “neat” landing at the Warrenton (Va.) Horse Show.

When Fout passed away in 2007, she was hailed for being an avid, lifelong horsewoman, a well-known equine artist and an accomplished conservationist.

June 28, 2013

Down But Not Out

“Horsemen know that rarely is a fall like this as serious as it looks, but the spectre of it haunts combined training,” read the caption for this photo when it first ran in the Oct. 18, 1991, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse. “Rider Emily MacGowan and Palmer were able to complete the course at Fair Hill (Md.) after this crash.”

June 28, 2013

Something’s Missing…

Devil’s Brolly was determined to continue the 1972 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup even though his jockey, Reese Howard Jr., fell earlier on course. The gelding was hot on the heels of second-placed finisher Harvest Sky with rider H. Turney McKnight Jr.


June 26, 2013


"There was an unusual cartoon occurrence in the power and speed [class] when Hendrik Snoek’s Asterix was bellied on this spread fence,” read the original caption for this photo when it ran in the April 29, 1977, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse.

June 26, 2013

Tuck And Roll

Aga Khan sent veteran rider Norman Dello Joio tumbling in the May 11, 1986, Children’s Services Horse Show Grand Prix in Farmington, Conn., but he wasn’t the only one. Of the 50 starters, five riders found themselves eliminated for losing their seats.

June 26, 2013

Falling With Grace

Despite this image taken over a colossal spread fence at the 1941 Piping Rock Horse Show in New York, Sara Bosley Secor was a talented, well-known equestrienne and came from a family of strong Mid-Atlantic horsewomen.

Her mother, Elizabeth Cromwell Bosley, bred and trained the famous sprinter Chase Me, and her sister, Elizabeth C. “Betty” Bird became the first woman to train a Maryland Hunt Cup winner.

June 26, 2013


Karen O’Neal and Georgia made it over the military-themed jump at the 2012 Aspen Farms Horse Trials (Wash.), but a swan dive into the grass took O’Neal out of the competition. Both horse and rider walked away unhurt, and O’Neal came back and won the inaugural advanced section on True Avenue later that weekend.

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