What had happened? Reluctantly, toward the show's end, Mariles had confessed that he had the flu, but he continued to climb aboard Chihuahua II. "What else can I do?" he asked. "If I say I am sick everyone will believe I just make excuses because I don't do well at the show. Chihuahua is ready—but he cannot do it alone."
On the last night, while England and the U.S. fought their climactic duel, Mariles rode and fell again—but before that he got the scare that sent him to a specialist the next day. Turning wide, he momentarily lost all control and thought he was going over the rail and into the crowd.
"That man should never have been near a horse," said Dr. Lewis Dunn after examining Mariles the next morning. "He was riding on sheer courage." Mariles, it developed, has an infection of the middle ear that was so bad that at times he could hardly balance himself enough to walk. He will be unable to ride for an indefinite period.
Although the triumphs and troubles of the international riders were the focus of the show, the other divisions were not without their stars. Riviera Wonder, for example, the soaring gray horse owned by Bernie Mann and ridden by Al Fiore, won the jumper championship for the third year in a row, and the Delaine Farm gained the Watson Amateur cup for no less than the sixth time. But the big talk among the saddle-horse crowd was Dodge Stables' new walk trot mare, Belle of the Dell. Actually, the mare had been shown all season, but in fine-harness. At Harris-burg, however Earl Teater, Dodge Stables' veteran trainer, trimmed Belle and put her in the three-gaited classes. There, as well as in New York, she was champion. It seems sale to predict she will continue collecting championships for some years to come.