The current exhibit traces the development of show jumping as an international and national sport. Featuring items and stories from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, as well as new materials loaned by riders, owners, grooms, and fans, the exhibit showcases the legendary horses and people who made show jumping history at the highest levels and brightest moments.
Artifacts on display include original photos and personal mementos of horses such as Idle Dice, Calypso, and Gem Twist; commemorative plaques and coolers; ribbons and medals from US riders' successes at the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games; and trophies and medals from signature national events such as the Cleveland Grand Prix, the American Gold Cup, the American Invitational, and the International Jumping Derby. A special section featuring film excerpts from "Harry & Snowman" includes personal mementos loaned by Harry de Leyer and the film's production team.
The exhibit follows the history of the United States Equestrian Team from its founding in 1950 through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. On the national scene, the exhibit explores the sport from the days of the “High Jump” through “Open Jumper” divisions to the thrilling Grand Prix events seen at horse shows across the country today. Also featured is the history of course design and fun facts about special classes such as the Puissance and bygone pairs and "doubles and trebles" classes.
In early 2017, interactive features, audio, video, and a catalog of books and articles on show jumping will be added to the exhibit.
USHJA extends special thanks to Pennington Galleries for use of their imagery in the Medals, Memories & Milestones exhibit. To contact Pennington Galleries visit www.penningtongalleries.com.
For a sneak peek into the "Medals, Memories, & Milestones" exhibit,
check out actual photos from the exhibit below.