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eam Foundation
Equestrian Legend
Nautical
Photo © United States Equestrian
by Kristin Kenney
Ask any horseman what the key factor to
a winning show jumping round is, and the
answer is guaranteed to be the horse. Without
the right horse, even the most talented rider
in the world couldn’t turn in a truly winning
round. Over the decades that horses and
riders have tackled obstacles in the name of
“sport”, some truly amazing equines have
graced the venerable arenas and stadiums of
the world.
Perhaps the most recognizable show jumper
to make the list of great horses is Nautical,
a gleaming Palomino, forever immortalized
in the Disney documentary, The Horse With
the Flying Tail. Originally trained as a cow
horse, the fiery little palomino bore a western
brand on his jaw, spent his early years under
strenuous cowboy work, and even showed
signs of abuse. Nautical was initially called
Injun Joe, a somewhat demeaning moniker,
and proved to be somewhat of a rogue, as he
repeatedly jumped out of his corrals.
Eventually, the little palomino was bound
for the slaughterhouse, but before that could
happen, while on vacation Hugh Wiley
spotted this unusual horse in a New Mexico
corral. By a stroke of luck, Nautical was saved
and retrained as a top-notch jumper. Piloted
by the effervescent Wiley, Nautical rose to
the top of the show jumping world, capturing
Gold at the 1959 Pan-Am games. The pair
also enjoyed a successful run on the Olympic
Show Jumping squad that spanned years,
Photo © Jake Cormier
and had great showings at several European
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Nautical will always be remembered for
his expressive jumping style and universal
likeability. At every jump his flashing white
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tail would flip way up, almost hitting Wiley in
the back. It was a crowd pleaser and hense the GENUINE, owned by Rosie Garlock, was sold while competing in
nickname “Flying Tail”. the east. Finding a new home with Andre Dignelli for his client Laura
Show Jumping “greats” are what shape the King-Kaplin, for the A/O Division.
face of our sport and provide an image for
future generations of riders and equines to live
SCOUT, owned by Stephanie Danahkl, was sold to Caroline Clark-
up to. They have paved the way for upcoming
Morrison for the A/ O Division. He will now reside in Camden, South
competitors with their tenacity, courage, and
Carolina with Jack and Liza Towell.
incredible scope and power, and will live on as
venerable examples of equine perfection for
WESLEY, will not return to California after the eastern tour. Instead he
decades to come...Nautical is one of those.
will stop and take up residence in Magnolia, Texas with Peter Pletcher.
His new owner, Lori Lewis, will now have the ride in the A/ O’s.
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