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Category Archives: Equestrian

Bill Steinkraus

Bill Steinkraus (Equestrian.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 12, 1925.)  William Steinkraus is one of the great names in the history of American equestrian competition.  He served as captain of the U.S. Equestrian Team for 17 years and was a member of the team for 22.  Steinkraus has also been the president of the U.S.E.T. (1972-82) and was its long-time chairman.  Steinkraus’ fame is built on his outstanding performances over the years.  He won his first title at Madison Square Garden in the National Horse Show in 1941, when he took the National Junior Equitation (flat and fence) crown.  He rode for the first U.S.E.T. entry in the Garden in 1952, and for the next two decades led the Americans in the National Horse Show against the best the world had to offer.  A stylish rider with a light touch, Steinkraus was noted for delivering clutch performances in international competition.  One of the major highlights of his career, of course, was his winning of the individual gold medal in the 1968 Olympic Games at Mexico City.  Few who ever saw a Steinkraus ride will soon forget the experience.

Guy V. Henry

Guy V. Henry (Equestrian.  Born, Red Cloud, Nebraska Indian Territory, Jan. 28, 1875; died, Wenatchee, WA, Nov. 29, 1967.)  Maj. General Guy V. Henry, a great-grandson of a New York governor, was a leading figure in American equestrian sports for over a half-century.  A graduate of West Point (Class of 1898), Henry served as an aide to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905-06, was the Commandant of Cadets at West Point in 1916-18 and Chief of Cavalry, 1930-34.  In all, he put in more than 50 years of active service in the Army.  His father, also Maj. General Guy V. Henry, was a cavalry officer stationed in the Nebraska Indian Territory when Henry was born.  His grandfather was Maj. W. Seton Henry and his great-grandfather, Daniel V. Tompkins, was governor of New York (1807-17) and vice president of the U.S. under James Monroe (1817-25).  Henry got his own Indian pony in 1882 and was rarely away from horses the rest of his life.  In 1903, he founded the Cavalry School at Ft. Riley (Kans.) which served as a training site for U.S. international and Olympic teams.  For 25 years, 1933-58, he judged the International Jumping competition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden.  Gen. Henry served as the president of the Federation Equestre Internationale from 1930-40 and headed several teams that represented the U.S. in international equestrian competition beginning in 1904.  Gen. Henry was a competitor for several of those teams and won numerous international medals.

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