Sport: Back in the Saddle

Having decided in 1942 that horse cavalry was obsolete, the U.S. Army in due course applied the inexorable logic of its decision to its military riding teams: after the 1948 Olympics they were disbanded. That left the U.S. without any trained riding teams to enter in international jumping competitions, so for two seasons, U.S. riders watched cavalry teams from Mexico, Britain, France, Ireland, Chile and Canada jump off with all the prizes at the U.S.'s own National Horse Show. This year the International Equestrian Federation came to the rescue by ruling that civilians are just as eligible for international competitions...

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