? How many horse shows are held in the U.S. each year?
?The American Horse Shows Association, the governing body of the sport, recognizes some 500 events. James Blackwell, executive secretary of the AHSA, says, however, that there are at least four times as many nonrecognized shows held annually.
? What is the oldest indoor horse show in the U.S.?
? New York's National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden was inaugurated in 1885. The first show offered classes for fire horses, police horses and park hacks.
? Is the N. Y. National the biggest indoor show in the U.S.?
?No. The American Royal, held at Kansas City, Mo., attracts around 1,200 head of horses and ponies.
? What is the top price ever paid for a show horse?
?A reported $50,000 was paid by Bob Ballard of Newmarket, Ontario for Windsor Castle, an open jumper. Windsor Castle, who is still competing, is the only horse ever to win the open jumper championship three times at the New York National.
? What is the official high jump record for a horse?
?The world's record was established in 1938 at the Royal Horse Show in Sydney, Australia by a horse named Ben Bolt. He cleared nine feet six inches. The official American record was set in 1923 at the South Shore Horse Show ( Chicago) when a horse named Greatheart jumped eight feet three and one-sixteenth inches.