Some half a dozen horsemen had spectacular successes this past year, among them Americans Hugh Wiley, who won the King George V trophy, and Billy Steinkraus, winner of the silver cup of the city of Rotterdam. But after last autumn's indoor circuit at Washington, Harrisburg and New York, a German, Fritz Thiedemann, was the standout rider. Thiedemann, a 40-year-old farmer from Elmshorn, set the pace by winning the individual championship at Washington, and then won the first event to launch another German team victory at Harrisburg. He also managed to take home the big cup in the New York National's individual jumping stake. Earlier in 1958 at Aachen, Germany, the onetime cavalry officer gained the European championship. As a brilliant and consistent rider, individually or as one of a team, Fritz was always at the top.