United States Military Academy West Point - Howitzer Yearbook (West Point, NY)

 - Class of 1911

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United States Military Academy West Point - Howitzer Yearbook (West Point, NY) online yearbook collection, 1911 Edition, Page 199 of 306
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 fygg JON ffogjz J ?oiv IT was not an invincible nor even an inspiring cavalcade that swept up the long Garrison hill to the horse-show grounds, but it was the best that time and ci rcumstances perm i 11ed. A misunderstanding in regard to the horse-show of 1909 caused many of the best riders of the class to remain at home. We would like to correct any wrong impression that might be gained by others by stating that the horse-show was an immense success, and thoroughly appreciated by every cadet that attended. Aside from any mean thoughts of dead-beating inspection and confinement, every man was inspired with a desire to learn more of horses and their ways, and the afternoon’s trip certainly proved to be an interesting one. The cavalry plugs ranged up well alongside the thoroughbreds of the Garrison exhibitors in everything except jumping. The jumps were higher than those to which our horses had lxien accustomed. Again, the cadet horses had l cen practiced on ground that furnished a good foothold, while at Garrison the takeoff was very slippery. What little grass that remained had dried up on the hard ground, making it so slippery that many even of the fine hunters refused to try the jumps. Even at that, the cadet exhibitors were not wholly excluded in the comj cti-tion. Estes held up the honor of the riding-hall, winning third place by taking Dorst over the jumps in excellent form. His riding was perfect, and besides satisfying the most exacting requirements of our riding instructors, lie made every cadet there proud of him. The other men that entered in the jumps were Gilbreath, Booton, Surlcs, Cowles, Hardy, Lucas, Dillman. and McKinney. They were not so fortunate as to have high jumpers, and their horses refused to try. Miss Harriman. who won first honor on a beautiful chestnut gelding, is to be complimented upon her wonderful riding, as well as Mr. H. F. Osborn, Jr., who took the second place. Where the cadet competitors, however, clearly outclassed the others was in the polo pony competition, and but for the fast pony ridden by Miss Burton, would have taken every place. The competition consisted in a race between six flags set ten feet apart. The win- 187

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Guy V. (to head of column on cavalry hike)-—“It’s a very good plan to speak to the inhabitants of the country you're passing through; it increases their confidence in you.” (This is duly absorbed by the Kaydets. Five minutes later they pass a farm-house, where a young woman is leaning over the gate.) Guy V. (cordially) ‘‘Good morning!” Young Woman (enthusiastically) “ Oh, you kid!I!" Instructor (to squad) “We halt here two minutes. Give your horses fifteen swallows of water." Hoisington “ Do they tether horses closer together on the picket line in winter than in summer so that they can keep warm?” Instructor Is that a store up on the hill?" Jake Bagby “ Xo, sir; it's a saloon." Instructor—“ Do they sell Bull Durham there?” Jake “ No, sir; but they have Duke's Mixture." Scene Practice March. Members of mapping detail sitting on ground dead-beating; Schimelfenig eating huge blackberry pie with evident enjoyment. Enter Instructor. Instructor Mr. Schimelfenig. don't feed that pie to the map.” 186



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ning f this race counted 75 per cent., while manners and conformation, which were judged by Mr. Devereux Milburn, counted 25 per cent. Schwcnck won first place on Punch. It is certainly a credit to his good horsemanship to have defeated those against whom he was pitted. Me was far ahead of all others, riding at a fast gallop and never once changing his gait between the flags or at the turns. Mis pony did well in the test that was afterwards made by Mr. Milburn. McKinney handled in an excellent manner the fiery little Cherry, owned by Lieut. I)e Armond. It was a difficult task to put such a willful pony between the flags at a gallop, but be it said to his honor that in spite of that fact he won third place. All the other places in the contest were won by the other cadets that participated. McLaurin, Sandeford. Lucas, Gilbreath. Wyche. and Drollingcr all came in for their share. The athletic contest was given by the cadets only. The grounds were not so favorable for such work as the more inviting tan-bark of the riding hall, but luckily no man had need of soft places. The contest consisted of single horse and double horse stunts in which Surles, Christian. Betcher, Gildart, Richards, Mooney. Conard, Walker, Booton, Baade, Bowley, and Wheeler took part. Wheeler took first and Surles second place in the single horse athletic work, while Surles and Christian took first, and Bowley and Wheeler took second place in the double horse stunts. The whole show was surely a success as far as the first classmen were concerned; every man enjoyed the trip and was glad that he attended. 188

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