The capital had its best show to date, although it was still an uneven one. The unappealing armory in which the event is held was beautifully decorated in blue bunting (thriftily purchased from a home-furnishing show held there the week before), with the boxes ornamented by sprays of magnolia leaves. It looked for the first time as though something of consequence was about to happen—and indeed it did. The presence of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and Attorney General and Mrs. Robert Kennedy gave the show an enormous cachet and, not at all surprisingly, a superb gate. As a matter of fact, the crowd was so large that box holders who had never been known to arrive on time were there early, in full dress, to protect their seats from interlopers. Those that came saw, besides the Kennedys, some very fine jumping in The President of the United States Cup competition, a new event this year. In the normal U.S. show competition, the international riders are segregated from the professional and amateur riders in special classes, but the Washington event was open to all riders who could qualify. Some of the stuffier show officials had opposed this idea on the grounds that the "wrong" type might win. They were fortunately overruled, and Washington was able to present the year's most interesting jumping competition. It was ultimately won by Argentina's Damm, who outjumped 37 others in the preliminary and final to capture the Tiffany vermeil trophy awarded by the First Lady. Earlier in the week the cool-headed young horseman had won the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Trophy (donated by the Robert Kennedys) on his other horse, Swing. But the final honor, as the show's best individual rider (based on points won throughout the week), went to U.S. rider Frank Chapot, who edged out Damm by one point. Chapot's horse, San Lucas, owned by Mrs. John A.T. Galvin, was the show's champion international jumper. This horse, by the way, stands an incredible 17.3 hands tall and looks as leggy as Wilt the Stilt. A newcomer this year to the show ring, the California-bred San Lucas began his career on the racetrack. After 10 starts and total winnings of only $450, it was apparent that San Lucas was in the wrong line of work, and he ended up on the Galvin ranch. One day last winter the horse jumped over a paddock fence that was almost 7 feet high. Mr. Galvin immediately phoned the coach of the USET about his new jumping prospect, and San Lucas was on his way in the show world.