Show Jumping Hall of Fame Honors 2002 Inductees
FL-March 31, 2003-The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducted its annual
induction ceremonies during the intermission at the Budweiser American
Invitational on March 29 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.
Harry R. Gill, Clarence L. "Honey" Craven, Calypso, and
Gem Twist were inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. These
join 45 previous inductees whose contributions to the sport set
them apart and earned them the honor of enshrinement in the Show
Jumping Hall of Fame.
lifelong horseman, Harry R. Gill has been a major force in the world
of Grand Prix Show Jumping. A longtime supporter of some of show
jumping's leading riders, Gill has owned many of the country's most
famed horses. One of the sport's foremost authorities on footing,
Gill has served the industry by improving horse show venues and
riding conditions, and as a member of several Boards of Directors
and Organizing Committees.
slew of champions is headed by the legendary Idle Dice, a charter
inductee into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. Ridden to greatness
by Hall of Famer Rodney Jenkins, "Ike," won honors as
the AHSA Horse of the Year, rode for the USET in the 1974 World
Championships and won the American Gold Cup three times. Gill also
owned the PHA Horse of the Year, Gustavus; the AHSA Horse of the
Year, Beanbag; and the AGA Horse of the Year, Viktor. Other horses
ridden under Gill's ownership included such superstars as Number
One Spy, Sloopy, Brendan, Philco, French Rapture, Ping Pong, Robin
Hood, Another March and Twist du Valon.
owner of these horses, Gill created partnerships with some of the
nation's leading riders including Jenkins, McLain Ward, Michael
Matz, Katie Monahan Prudent, Debbie Stephens and Beezie Madden.
Quietly, Gill has been known to provide several riders who lacked
a horse or the funds with the horse power needed to become champions.
up on a family farm, Gill spent his childhood riding a pony or giant
work horse instead of a bicycle. As a young man, he enjoyed fox
hunting as well as showing. He ran a successful show stable in Pennsylvania
with his wife Marjorie Gill as rider until his father's death, when
he assumed control of the family business, Gill Quarries. Unwilling
to completely give up horses, he hired Rodney Jenkins to ride for
him. The partnership proved to be a winning combination as the two
men rewrote the record books of American show jumping with the famed
Idle Dice and Number One Spy.
has also contributed to the sport by serving on the Board of Directors
for Stadium Jumping, Inc., the American Grandprix Association, and
the Devon Horse Show. In 1981, Gill played an enormous role as a
member of the Organizing Committee for the World Cup Final held
in Baltimore, helping to bring the Final to the United States for
the first time. He has also been a member of the Organizing Committee
for the Baltimore Jumping Classic, Devon Horse Show and the American
Gold Cup, which he helped out of its financial troubles years ago
and then helped establish it as one of the sport's premier events
at its current home in Pennsylvania.
L. "Honey" Craven has been around horses all his life.
His many decades with the National and Devon Horse Shows, two of
the country's oldest and most respected events, saw him provide
outstanding service to the sport and to those in it.
Craven was born in 1904, many years prior to the emergence of the
automobile, his father was working as a coachman for Harris Upham's
big brokerage firm in Brookline, Massachusetts. By the age of 12,
Craven was stopping at a local blacksmith's shop everyday after
school. He would help pick up horses from nearby estates and bring
them to the shop, sometimes riding them bareback. Craven left high
school after his freshman year in order to work galloping horses
at the Jamaica Raceway. From there, he went on to Woodbine Racetrack
in Canada. He returned to the U.S. to work for Bill Naughton, who
trained hunters and jumpers for Charles Van Brant Cushman near the
Hartford Academy in Pomfret, Connecticut.
attending a horse show in Rochester, NY, in 1926, Craven was approached
by W. Reginald Reeves, a great amateur coach driver and secretary
of the National Horse Show. Reeves asked him if he would consider
becoming an assistant to the National's ringmaster, Dutch White.
Craven accepted and began working in 1927 for $10 a day.
The following year, Craven was promoted to ringmaster when White
left the Show unexpectedly. He served in that position until 1958
when he began a distinguished 25-year tenure as manager of the National
manager, Craven oversaw the National's move in 1968 from the old
Madison Square Garden at 49th Street and 8th Avenue to the present
Garden above Penn Station. He has heavily impacted the way horse
shows are managed and how the equestrian sport has evolved. Always,
his primary concern was the welfare of the horse and rider. It was
Craven who suggested holding classes on Sunday during the National.
Previously, that day had been reserved for exhibitions - trick riding,
demonstrations, and the like. So Craven added the Maclay and Good
Hands saddle seat finals. Following the National's 100th Anniversary
in 1983, Craven became Manager Emeritus of the National, a position
he continues to hold despite retiring from the Show in 1991.
began working at the Devon Horse Show in 1936 at the invitation
of Tom Clark, the show manager. Craven started by calling the classes.
There was no public address system back then, so he rode Clark's
son's polo pony over by the ring, found out how long it would be
until the next class, and then galloped up to the barns. Craven
then became ringmaster at Devon before taking over as manager and
ultimately serving as manager emeritus.
also served as ringmaster at many other shows including Piping Rock
on Long Island, Pin Oak in Texas, Eastern States in Massachusetts
and North Shore in New York.
USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Craven has a brilliant
sense of humor and is the one to whom horse show committees, officials
and exhibitors have long looked for guidance and support. He has
never disappointed them. His passion for the sport and his sense
of fairness have greatly affected all those who have a love for
Olympic Gold-Medal winning horse, Calypso was ridden throughout
his illustrious career by Melanie Smith Taylor. The 16 hands and
½ inch Dutch gelding won his first Grand Prix, the prestigious
and challenging American Jumping Derby in Newport, RI, at the age
of six. It was then that Calypso provided a preview of what was
to come-being named to two United States Olympic teams, a win at
the World Cup Final and many major Nations' Cup and Grand prix wins.
1980 Calypso, or "Lyps" as he was called around the barn,
carried Taylor to the Reserve Championship in the World Cup Final
at Baltimore. Shortly thereafter, they were selected to compete
on the U.S. Olympic Team scheduled to travel to Moscow. When the
United States decided to boycott those Games, the United States
Equestrian Team created a European tour instead. On this tour, Calypso
earned top honors in the Grand Prix of Paris and at the Horse and
Hound Cup at Wembley, as well as helping the U.S. team win the Nations'
Cup in Dublin. The tour concluded with the "Alternate"
Olympics in Rotterdam where the young horse carried Taylor to the
individual Bronze Medal.
1982 Calypso and Taylor emerged as World Cup Champions, winning
the Final at Gothenburg, Sweden. Later that year, the pair helped
the U.S. team to a fourth place finish at the World Championships
in Dublin, Ireland. Calypso also carried Taylor to a tenth place
finish individually, the top U.S. finish in the Championships. That
same year, Calypso and Taylor won two legs of the Triple Crown of
Show Jumping-the American Invitational and the American Gold Cup-which,
along with their earlier Jumping Derby win, made them the only horse/rider
combination ever to win all three Triple Crown events.
and Taylor turned in yet another great World Cup performance in
1983, this time finishing third. Facing an injury that year after
helping the USET win the Nations' Cup in Calgary, Canada, Calypso
was rested for the remainder of the year. By 1984, he was fully
recovered and went on to anchor the USET's Gold-Medal winning team
at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1984 and 1985 he won the richest
show jumping purses to date in the $150,000 and then $200,000 Grand
Prix, in Culpeper, VA. In 1988 the Dutch horse with tremendous talent,
a big heart, and a brilliant mind was retired to Taylor's Tennessee
farm where he lived in contentment until his death in December 2002.
Twist, owned by Michael Golden, was bred and trained by Show Jumping
Hall of Famer Frank Chapot and ridden by Greg Best, Leslie Howard
and Laura Chapot.
retired at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden on November
1, 1997, Gem has an incredible list of victories as long as that
of any horse. He is the only horse to win three American Grandprix
Association Horse of the Year titles. In addition to nine years'
worth of grand prix wins, Gem earned two Silver Medals at the Seoul
Olympics in 1988 and was named "World's Best Horse" at
the World Equestrian Games at Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990. Twist
also ccumulated more than $800,000 in prize money and attracted
purchase offers of $2.5 million.
Twist won the American Grandprix Association's championship with
three different riders: Best in 1987, Howard in 1993, and Chapot
of the early milestones that showed Gem Twist's unbelievable talent
was his win in the 1985 USET Talent Derby in Hamilton, MA, at the
age of six. This first prestigious victory, with Greg Best in the
saddle, set the stage for future stardom. In 1987, Gem carried Best
to wins in his first two Grand Prix events - the Grand Prix of Tampa
and the Grand Prix of Florida. That year, Gem captured AGA Horse
of the Year honors and Best won Rookie of the Year. That year also
included a team Silver Medal at the Pan American Games.
highpoint in the partnership between Best and Gem Twist came when
the pair represented the United States at the 1988 Olympic Games
in Seoul, Korea, where they came away with team and individual Silver
to Best's shoulder injury in 1992, Leslie Burr Howard became Gem's
rider. Howard continued as Gem's rider for two more years winning
many prestigious competitions including Gem's second AGA Championship
and third AGA Horse of the Year award.
Chapot took over the reins in 1995. That year Laura and Gem won
the World Cup class at the $100,000 Autumn Classic, helping to propel
the young rider to Budweiser Rookie of the Year honors. Laura also
rode Gem to his third win in the Budweiser American Grandprix Association
the 1995-1996 season, Gem and Chapot won three World Cup qualifying
classes and placed well at several other competitions. Their win
in the final World Cup class at Tampa was over the largest starting
field ever with 80 horses. This clinched Laura the World Cup USA
East League Championship and was a fitting win at the close of Gem's
career at the site of his first Grand Prix win with Best nine years
Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum at Busch Gardens in Tampa,
FL, was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. It was
organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize
the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions
to the sport. The focus of this noble institution is to encourage
broader interest and participation in show jumping, as well as to
educate devoted equestrians and novice horse lovers alike, by sharing
the sport's legends, lore and landmark achievements.
1987, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has inducted William C. Steinkraus,
Bertalan deNemethy and Idle Dice (1987); Patrick Butler and August
A. Busch, Jr. (1988); David Kelly, Jimmy Williams, Ben O'Meara and
Frances Rowe (1989); Arthur McCashin, Kathy Kusner, Brigadier General
Harry D. Chamberlin and San Lucas (1990); Adolph Mogavero, Whitney
Stone, Morton "Cappy" Smith and Pat Dixon (1991); Eleonora
"Eleo" Sears, Mary Mairs Chapot, Barbara Worth Oakford
and Snowman (1992); Dr. Robert C. Rost and Joe Green (1993); Frank
Chapot and Gordon Wright (1994); Mickey Walsh and Trail Guide (1995);
Pamela Carruthers, Jet Run, and the combination of Richard "Dick"
Donnelly and Heatherbloom (1996); Edward "Ned" King, and
the combination of Bobby Egan and Sun Beau (1997); Fred "Freddy"
Wettach, Jr., Melanie Smith Taylor and Johnny Bell (1998); Rodney
Jenkins, Sinjon, and the combination of Franklin F. "Fuddy"
Wing, Jr. and Democrat (1999); George Morris, Carol Durand and Touch
of Class (2000); Eugene R. "Gene" Mische, Lt. Colonel
John W. Russell, Bobby Burke, and Untouchable (2001).
further information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum,
please visit the Hall of Fame website at www.showjumpinghalloffame.net