Winter Place Farm's first great success in world-class jumping was Jet Run, an 8-year-old bay gelding that in 1974 won the knock-down-and-out class at Harrisburg, took second in the President's Cup at the Washington International and, finally, won the Grand Prix of New York in Madison Square Garden, the pinnacle of the game in this country. "That was an exciting time," said Beard recently. "Jet Run was not a made horse when he came to us."
Neither was Southside, Winter Place's brightest prospect for the Olympics, now being ridden by Robert Ridland of the U.S. Equestrian Team. And Gozzi, twice AHSA working hunter champion, had shown only promise of what he was to do.
"Our main competition now is Rodney Jenkins and Hilltop Farms," says Beard. "He is a great competitor and without doubt still the best rider. He gives us a good way to judge ourselves. But I think we have the overall best operation in the country."