dominated the Olympic Games this year in Seoul, South Korea,
winning all three team equestrian gold medals. West German dressage rider
Nicole Uphoff won individual gold aboard Rembrandt. New Zealand’s Mark Todd
repeated his 1984 victory with another Olympic individual eventing gold while
Pierre Dutrand, Jr. of France
earned the gold in individual show jumping. The U.S. show jumping team took the
silver led by individual silver winner Greg Best and the great Gem Twist.
|Click image to read about one of Meredith Michaels’ earliest victories..|
In the Pages of Horse Illustrated
In the March 1988 issue, we ran a news item about four young
riders from California who had won the Prix des States Team Championship at the
Pennsylvania National Horse Show. One of those riders was then-16-year-old
Meredith Michaels (now Beerbaum.) Meredith is now one of the greatest show
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jumping riders on the international circuit today with several World Equestrian
Games and European Championship medals to her name. Since marrying fellow show
jumper Markus Beerbaum in 1998, she has competed for Germany.
Here’s one for the poor predictions department. In May of
1988, we ran an article titled “Polocrosse: The Horse Sport of the Future.”
Well, in spite of the author’s statement that polocrosse would be “the
horsemen’s sport of the 1990s,” it’s still fairly obscure in the U.S. outside
of some Pony Clubs. Maybe it’ll be the sport of the 2010s.