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  • USET 1957-1960

    Check out this cool film of the USET core members 1957-1960. William Steinkraus, George Morris, Hugh Wiley, and Frank Chapot--they are all here, along with mounts Sinjon, Ksar D'Esprit, Riviera Wonder, Tally Ho, Master William, Diamant, Night Owl, and Nautical. Hope I didn't leave anyone out!


    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • #2
    Love this old footage. That is the first recording I have seen of Steinkraus, he has some of the most beautiful hands I have ever seen on horse back. Actually, finished the whole thing and just in general probably the most beautiful rider I have seen, all parts.

    Was the pan am games on a football field? Almost looked like the yard lines. The Aachen fairwell at the end looks rather exciting and enthusiastic.


    • #3
      Wow. Wow. WOW. Great link! Thanks so much for posting that!


      • #4
        That was awesome. I agree about soft hands!
        The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)


        • #5
          What a treat! Am I seeing things or was Nautical a Palomino? I love the big, solid jumps, the forward riding and the fantastic horses!
          No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill


          • #6
            Originally posted by Surly Sue View Post
            Am I seeing things or was Nautical a Palomino?
            He was.
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            • #7
              that's awesome, thanks for posting!


              • #8
                Yes, that was really fun to watch! Loved it.

                Anyone know the breeds of the horses in that video? Just curious!
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Surly Sue View Post
                  ... was Nautical a Palomino?

                  Disney made a movie about him- the Horse With the Flying Tail.

                  chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                  • #10
                    That water jump was insane. Love seeing those big galloping courses and horses


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                      Yes, that was really fun to watch! Loved it.

                      Anyone know the breeds of the horses in that video? Just curious!
                      Nautical: part TB, part QH, part ???
                      Riviera Wonder, Sinjon, Master William, Night Owl, Ksar D'Esprit: TB

                      I am not sure about Diamant and Tally-Ho. Maybe someone else will chime in.
                      I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                      • #12
                        Those of us who were around back in those days were able to see these wonderful horses and riders at the Penn National and the Garden along with the greats from Italy (D'Inzeo brothers), Germany (Winkler & Theidemann) and Mexico (Morales). Nautical flipped his tail in the air and because it was braided it was a crowd favorite. I loved Ksar d"Esprit with Bill Steinkraus as he looked like he was showing in a hunter class at a hunter pace but because of his long stride he usually had the fastest time.


                        • Original Poster

                          Ksarro was always my favorite. Never got to see him in person, though.
                          I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Surly Sue View Post
                            What a treat! Am I seeing things or was Nautical a Palomino? I love the big, solid jumps, the forward riding and the fantastic horses!
                            Not only a palomino, but the horse that the movie "The Horse with the Flying Tail" was about. And for whom the indoor at Gladstone is commemorated.
                            Equine Photography in the Northeast


                            • #15
                              Just freakin' WOW. Those were the days, my friends...
                              Equine Photography in the Northeast


                              • #16
                                Thank you for posting this! I would dearly love to be able to go back in time and watch these men in person. Such gorgeous horses, I LOVE Tally Ho!
                                "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


                                • #17
                                  Of all those, Bill is definitely the rider I am most in awe of! Looks so smooth and accurate, like the perfect marriage of past and present. Thanks for the link!


                                  • #18
                                    When we were doing a lot of dressage videoing, I happened to be working in the ring that Cissy (Bill's wife) was judging. I was taping, and sensed someone walk behind me (within the restricted area) and open the door to the judge's booth. I thought "Oh crap - this isn't going to be pretty!" Before I finished taping, the man walked back out and away. I sort of looked over my shoulder and thought "Hmmm...is that Bill?" After she finished scoring, I said "Well, he didn't come flying out of there - so ... was that Bill?" She said "yes". I said, "OMG, I've just seen Elvis!!!" I thought she was going to fall off her chair! She asked if I'd never met him - no, 'known' him for years, but never had the honor. So the next day when he came, she introduced us. It was BETTER than meeting Elvis.
                                    Equine Photography in the Northeast


                                    • #19
                                      While I am just slightly too young to have actually seen Hugh Wiley and Nautical compete, I have many memories of watching Billy and Frank as well as Sinjon and Ksar d'Esprit compete at both the NHS at MSG and Piping Rock. The only way to describe Bill Steinkraus' riding is perfection.


                                      • #20
                                        That Tally Ho looked like a real "ride". What a great video.
                                        Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                                        Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.