Although Wofford and the three-day candidates were giving the USET some headaches, it was a horse of another color with the Prize of Nations Team. This team, composed of Billy Steinkraus, Hugh Wiley and Frank Chapot, had a summer of successes in Europe the likes of which no U.S. team, even back in the "good old" Army days, had ever had. Individually, they won 21 first places plus a team event. Moreover, they were regularly meeting and defeating the best riders the world has to offer, and if the Olympics were to be held tomorrow, they would be the easy favorites.
Billy Steinkraus, 32-year-old team captain from Westport, Conn., won the most individual honors—eight—mainly on Miss Eleo Sear's gray gelding, Ksar d'Esprit. And another gray gelding, Mrs. W. Joshua Barney Jr.'s Master William with Hugh Wiley aboard, won the King George V Cup, England's highest individual honor. The day after the big win Wiley's other horse, the flashy palomino Nautical, fell during the Prince of Wales class, breaking several of Hugh's ribs. But by the next event, Dublin's classic show, Wiley, taped and determined, came back on Nautical to win both the high jump and the puissance classes.
George Morris, a 20-year-old from New Canaan, Conn., was the youngest and newest member of the team. He more than earned his keep, doing his biggest winning, like Nautical, at Dublin, where he took three individual first places and each one on a different horse. This will be a tough record for anyone, newcomer or veteran, to duplicate.