Individual honors, however, went to 27-year-old Jim Elder of Aurora, Ont., who did most of his winning on a high-jumping but highly uncooperative young horse named O'Malley. Elder had picked up this flashy chestnut gelding at a relatively cheap price after he saw him, still unbroken, jumping in a chute. The low figure was caused by O'Malley's unlovable disposition. He turns, for example, with the reluctance of a road grader and once went straight into a wall. However, when he is aimed, he jumps. He made his international horse show debut last year as a substitute when Elder's other horses either went lame or got sick. He was so successful that Elder almost won the individual title. It was lost, as a matter of fact, by one point to the U.S.'s George Morris. After this year's victory Elder, in turn, lost O'Malley, selling him for $20,000 to the British team.
Still another international jumper changed hands. Argentina's Sheriff, owned and ridden by Carlos Damm Jr., winner of the President's Cup in Washington and the International Stake in New York, was purchased for the U.S. Equestrian Team. With this brisk business in horse sales as background, the show did its usual brisk business at the gate. There were capacity and overflow crowds on hand repeatedly to see a show run with its usual dispatch and its traditional aura of glamour.