Spectators at the San Francisco Grand National Horse Show (Oct. 28-Nov. 6) will also see a "first." From Chile come the Green Dragoons, "The Riders of the Andes," a crack military police precision drill team (below). Consisting of 30 horses and 32 riders, the Dragoons, making their first appearance in the U.S., will perform difficult eight-man pyramids, Roman rides over jumps and maneuver in intricate formations.
The San Francisco show, with an American Horse Shows Association "A" rating in most of its divisions, will have its share of hunting and jumping classes too, including an International F.E.I, class on the closing night. Although there will not be International team competition, Cow Palace spectators will be treated to some horse show classes that the New York audiences will not see.
There will be a class for sets of four, judged on uniformity of appearance and ability to work as a unit; a roadster division, in which the Standardbred trotter, familiar to race track enthusiasts, works at speed in the small confines of the show ring; and, especially identified with Grand National, the Cutting Horse championship. In this event contestants must cut out a calf from a group of cattle. While some purists may say that this is not "horse show," officials insist that it is " San Francisco."