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USA Equestrian
Equestrian World Mourns Loss Of Legendary Equestrian "Cappy" Smith

Legendary equestrian, Morton "Cappy" Smith of Newport, RI and Middleburg, VA, passed away this morning, Wednesday, July 17, 2002.

Cappy Smith was a 2000 recipient of the Pegasus Medal of Honor awarded by USA Equestrian, and was inducted in to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1991, the National Show Hunter hall of Fame in 1998 and was an inductee of the Virginia Horse Show Association's Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a Director of the Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, CAN, and Master of the Orange County Hunt in Middleburg.

At Madison Square Garden in New York, Smith dominated the National Horse Show over a period of three decades. He first won the National Horse Show jumper title with Bartender in 1938 and again in 1938, and in 1939 was champion and reserve with Bartender and Intrepid. Smith was the first post-war jumper champion at the National Horse Show with Chamarro and he captured the National title for the final time in 1954 aboard Clay Pidgeon for his fifth championship. Among the champion hunters Smith trained were such horses as Skylark, Ballela, Lord Britain, Guardsman and Jambol, who won both the triple bar jumper class and the Conformation Hunter stake at the National as a four-year-old. Additionally, Smith rode hunter champions, Sinbad, Grey Pennant, My Bill, Sombrero and Bill Star. He won the three-year-old-hunter championship of Virginia for five consecutive years.

William Steinkraus, the first rider to win an individual gold medal in equestrian sports for the USA in the Olympic Games, and one of the most influential competitors for the United States, said of Smith, "When I was a kid, Cappy was my idol and I think in the view of many people the best Hunter/Jumper rider in America. In my teens, I was lucky enough to have a chance to ride with him on a regular basis and what I learned, not only about horses but about everything, was incalculable."

Smith, acclaimed by his peers and riders today as the greatest horseman of the 1930's, 40's and 50's, has been called the Horseman of the Millennium.

Arrangements are pending.

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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