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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.

June 26, 2013


Pennsylvania jockey Buzz Hannum and his mount Radford Boy hit the turf in the 1977 edition of the Maryland Hunt Cup.


June 26, 2013

Down Like Dominoes

When He’s A Conniver and jockey Jody Petty fell at the second fence on the $75,000 Livingsocial Virginia Gold Cup course on May 7, it started a chain reaction.

More Fascination, the horse behind them, saw the pair rolling in the grass upon landing and shot to the left, sending jockey Paddy Young flying like a lawn dart. Then Delta Park (not pictured) shied to the right of the roadblocks, ditching his rider, Xavier Aizpuru. The three grass-stained jockeys could only watch as their mounts galloped off without them.

June 26, 2013

Man Overboard

Worldy Wise and Jacek Wierzchowiecki took a swim at the May 1992 M&Ms Essex CCI** held in Gladstone, N.J. The pair led after dressage and finished the course, but they withdrew before show jumping.

They weren’t the only ones who needed a towel after cross-country. The May 29 report in the Chronicle explained that the two water jumps on course caused faults for 19 of the competitors due in part to substantial rain on that day.

June 26, 2013

Breathing Down His Neck

This image of a near disaster at the 14th fence on the My Lady’s Manor Point-to-Point (Md.) course originally ran in the April 29, 1977 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse. Amazingly, the loose horse, King’s Courier, narrowly avoided the unnamed daredevil photographer, and both went home unscathed.

June 26, 2013

What Goes Up…

British show jumper Nick Skelton, who went on to win team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, didn’t technically take a tumble during this crash back in 1978, but the fence certainly took a beating.

This image shows Skelton, then just 20 years old, making his first attempt at a new British high jump record during the Olympia CSI in London aboard Everest Lastic. The pair did clear the obstacle eventually, setting a new record of 7’7 5/16” (2.32 meters) to beat the 41-year-old previous record set by Donald Beard on Swank in the same arena in 1937.


June 26, 2013

Tuff Break

In the fall of 1959, renowned equine photographer Marshall Hawkins captured this image of Mrs. C.F. Blair and Tuffy coming a cropper while following the Bath County hounds in western Virginia.

Hawkins, of Warrenton, Va., shot foxhunting, flat racing, steeplechasing, polo, eventing and showing across the country for more than 50 years, capturing iconic images of Secretariat at the 1973 Preakness Stakes and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy riding and hunting in northern Virginia in the mid-1960s.

June 26, 2013

Emergency Landing

British rider Lorna Sutherland and her 11-year-old skewbald gelding Popadom took this horrible fall at the dreaded 29th cross-country fence at the World Three-Day Event Championships in Punchestown, Ireland, on Sept. 13, 1970.

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