Producers plan television tribute commemorating famous victory by U.S.
Equestrian Team star Hugh Wiley and "Horse with the Flying Tail"
Producers of With
Equestrian Tact: The International Video Magazine of the
Equestrian Sports are today announcing plans to commemorate the 43rd
anniversary of Hugh Wiley's victory in the 1959 King George V Gold Cup
aboard his famous mount Nautical. The retrospective tribute is to be
included within coverage originating from the 2002 Royal International
Show at Hickstead in England.
will conduct a series of interviews with former
international riders, show officials and others who witnessed Wiley's
victory at London's legendary White City stadium.
Nautical, a former
cow horse, was immortalized in the Oscar winning
documentary feature, The Horse With The Flying Tail (1960), produced by
Larry Lansburgh for Walt Disney Productions. The film ends with footage
from the King George V Gold Cup and the presentation of awards by Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
Teamed with showjumping
legends William Steinkraus, Frank Chapot and George
Morris, Hugh Wiley was a major contributor to the competitive success
U.S. showjumping squads in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
Mr. Wiley rode in
two Olympics, finishing 11th individually in 1956 on Trail
Guide and winning the team silver medal while finishing seventh individually
on Master William in 1960. He also won the team gold medal at the 1959
Am Games aboard Nautical, finished ninth in the 1956 World Championships
Master William, finished sixth in the 1958 European Championships with
Nautical, and finished sixth individually in the 1959 European Championships
on Nautical and Master William.
First held in 1907,
The Royal International Horse Show is believed to be
Europe's oldest equestrian event. It has been held at several different
venues, and moved to the All England Jumping course at Hickstead, Sussex
With an estimated
value of £250,000 (approximately US $356,300), the King
George V Gold Cup is believed to be the world's most valuable sporting
trophy. The King George V competition is open to male riders, and was
by Mr. Wiley in 1958 on Master William and in 1959 on Nautical. Other
American's to triumph in this event include Fred Bontecou in 1926 on Bally
McShane; Mr. Steinkraus in 1956 and 1964 on First Boy and Sinjon,
respectively; Mr. Chapot with Main Spring in 1974; and Norman Dello Joio
Glasgow in 2001. The Queen Elizabeth II Cup, for lady riders, is also
contested during the Royal International Horse Show.
During the 1959 season,
the team of Morris, Wiley, Chapot and Steinkraus won
four Nations Cup (international team showjumping) competitions. The United
States Equestrian Team (USET) showjumping squad captured three additional
titles in 1960 .
After retiring from
international competition, Hugh Wiley became a
successful real estate agent in the Charlottesville, VA area, specializing
in farms and estates. Wiley died in September, 1999 at the age of 72.
Nautical first came
into national prominence under the moniker of "Injun
Joe", a name which in today's social climate can be viewed as being
insensitive and blatantly offensive as that of Nevada gaming pioneer
(Lester) Benny Binion's 1946, 1947 and 1948 National Cutting Horse
Association World Champion, "Nigger" (1).
The Palomino jumper,
who carried a western brand on his jaw, was given the
name Nautical by Mr. Wiley, a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Under the patient
tutelage of Wiley and famed USET showjumping coach
Bertalan de Nemethy, Nautical overcame a history of abuse and inconsistent
training, to became a beloved fixture on the international showjumping
scene. The horse was particularly gifted at winning speed classes and
Tact..." will air nationally as a HorseTV presentation on
the America One Television network. International distribution of the
series is being actively pursued.
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