At London's White City Stadium today (Wednesday), the American rider, Mr. W.C. Steinkraus, won the?
At London's White City Stadium today (Wednesday), the American rider, Mr. W.C. Steinkraus, won the King George V Gold Cup, premier individual event of the Royal International Horse Show.
Riders from six nations were competing for the King George V Cup - considered by many to be the most coveted trophy in the show jumping world - not least among them Major Piero d'Inzeo, one of three riders to have one the cup three times. However, this time the Italian was not to qualify for the jump-off.
This year, as always, the course was long and formidable, presenting some difficult problems to horse and rider. Highest jump in the course was the 5 foot 3 inch wall, but the 15 foot water jump presented the biggest problem to most horses. The level crossing gates also took a heavy toll, and so did the triple jump, requiring one stride after the first, and two strides over the second, with a big spread over the final jump.
Of five horses qualifying for the first jump off, not against the clock, San Lucas was one, ridden by the American Frank Chapot. San Lucas in one of the biggest horses seen at the Royal Horse Show this year, standing 17 hands 3 inches. In the first jump-off San Lucas had four faults. In the jump against the clock no had eight faults in a time of 43.6 seconds to be placed third.
In the first jump-off G. Hobbs of Britain had four faults riding Brandy Soda, a black gelding. In the final jump-off he incurred four faults in a time of 42.4 seconds. He was placed second.
The round of the night went to Bill Steinkraus, the American rider. He also had four faults in the first jump-off, but in the second, against the clock, went clear in a time of 41.5 seconds on the reduced course. It was the second time the 38 year-old horseman had won it in 1956. Tonight Bill Steinkraus was riding Sinjon, a 13 year-old bay gelding. Queen Elizabeth presented the trophy to him and prize money of GBP300.
Bill Steinkraus, who has competed in three Olympics, will be one of the riders representing the United States in Tokyo this year.