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SHEILA WILLCOX

Oct. 28, 1957
Oct. 28, 1957

Table of Contents
Oct. 28, 1957

Cover
Old Masters
  • Students at Chicago's famed Art Institute depict today's sports in the styles of the past

Acknowledgments
From The Flyways
Fisherman's Calendar
Hockey
Events & Discoveries
Preview
Angler's New Angle
Conversation Piece
World's Richest Horse Race
  • When the Garden State test for two-year-olds is run off this Saturday in New Jersey, the wheel of fortune may point out the 1957 champion; it will send one of these hopeful owners home with the year's biggest haul in prize money

Retrievers
Sporting Look
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

SHEILA WILLCOX

The young lady in the saddle is receiving Queen Ingrid's Cup from the hands of the Queen of Denmark after winning the European Horse Trials in Copenhagen earlier this month. Largely self-taught, Sheila Willcox of Lancashire is considered by many to be the best woman rider in the world. She beat the best men riders of Europe in the three-day trials in Copenhagen—a test of horse and rider not open to women in the Olympic Games—and because of this pretty English girl's many triumphs, changes may be made in Olympic rules. The grueling and successive trials consist of dressage, rough cross-country going, and jumping.

This is an article from the Oct. 28, 1957 issue Original Layout

Sheila's family has no interest in horses whatever. She embarked on her riding career at the age of 4 with half crowns spent for pony rides on the beach near Blackpool. Despite family skepticism, in 1953 she bought a 6-year-old gelding named High and Mighty on whom she has won the top equestrian events of Europe and England, including those premier competitions, Badminton and Harewood. Of her successful partnership with the great bay horse (whom she nicknamed Chips) Sheila says, "The main secret is that we learned everything we know together, and therefore we know each other perfectly." Their project at present is preparing for the Grand Prix des Dressages at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

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