Sport: Lepper

Ten-ton tanks, scout cars and motorcycles rumbled over the tanbark in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week. Except for this "Preparedness Spectacle" staged by U. S. Army men, the 1940 National Horse Show was pretty much like its 54 predecessors. The scarlet-coated ringmaster tootled his horn. High-stepping saddle horses went through their prancing paces; harness horses pulled elegant buggies and swelegant owners; hunters and jumpers skimmed over the bars.

In bygone days, when a family tree was a ticket of admission to the National and most spectators knew a martingale from a bridoon, harness and saddle horses held the audiences spellbound. In...

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