Sport: A Touch of Iron and Elegance

Davidson rides off with the world equestrian title

Four years ago he surprised the experts by leading the U.S. Equestrian Team to a world championship at Burghley, England, and winning for himself a gold medal. Now Bruce Davidson, 28, cool, aristocratic, and every lean inch a horseman, prepared under a merciless Kentucky sun to defend his title against the best riders in his dangerous and specialized sport.

The challenge was formidable. For one thing, Davidson was pitted against competitors from a dozen countries who had gone to Lexington's new $35 million Horse Park for the quadrennial Three-Day World Championships, an...

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