Show Jumping Hall of Fame Receives Two New Donations for Its Museum Collection
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame has received two new donations to display as part of the official collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum in Lexington, KY.
The collection is now home to official catalogs from the 1885, 1886 and 1889 National Horse Shows (images below). The catalogs were donated by Ronald B. Gaeta, DVM, a well-known FEI veterinarian and owner of Dunbarton Equine of Newtown, CT.
My father got these catalogs in the 1960s, and we have had them in our family ever since,”
Dr. Gaeta said.
It makes me very happy to donate them to the collection and to know that people will be able to see them when they visit the museum at the USHJA.”
Thanks to another contribution from Alan Keeley, a popular ringmaster at many leading horse shows, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is now also in possession of two “Coach Guard” Livery coats and breeches worn by 2002 Hall of Fame inductee Clarence L. “Honey” Craven. Craven was a legendary ringmaster at many horse shows including more than 30 years at the National Horse Show.
Honey gave me these coats and breeches before he passed and I have been keeping them in my home,”
said Keeley, a protégé of Craven.
Honey is one of our sport’s all-time legends, and I consider it an honor to be able to donate these coats to the collection.”
Peter Doubleday, Chairman of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Board of Directors, expressed deep appreciation to Dr. Gaeta and Keeley for their donations.
Both of these donations are absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t be more excited about them,” he said. “Part of the mission of the Hall of Fame is to preserve the history of our sport and Ron and Alan’s donations of the catalogs and Livery coats and breeches help us in a big way. I thank them both for their generous support of the Hall of Fame.”
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The collection is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
For more information about the collection, including the Jumper Classic Series, please visit the website at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.