Fabulous Horse Facts

  • The F.E.I Horse High Jump Record is 2.47m (8ft 1 1/4 ins) by Husao' ridden by Capt. Alberto Morales (Chile) at Vina del Mar, Santiago, Chile, on 5th February 1949.
  • The record for a horse Long Jump over water is 8.4m (27ft 6 1/4 ins) by Something ridden by Andre' Ferreira (South Africa) at Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25th April 1975.
  • The record for the highest known Horse Race Speed is 43.26mph over a distance of 440yds in 20.8 seconds by Big Rocket at Mexico City, Mexico, on 5th February 1945 and by Onion Roll at Thistledown, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on 27th September 1993.
  • The fastest Horse over a distance of 1.5 miles is Hawkster at California, USA, 1989. In a time of 2min 22.8sec a speed of 37.82mph.
  • The strongest Horse ever recorded was Vulcan, a Shire gelding who pulled a starting weight of 47 tonnes on a dynamometer at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, London, UK. 1924
  • The Greatest number of Olympic Show Jumping Gold Medals is 5, by Hans Winkler (West Germany): four team in 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1972 and the individual Grand Prix in 1956. He also won team Silver in 1976 and team Bronze in 1968, making a record 7 medals overall.
  • The most Olympic 3 Day Event wins is 4 Gold Medals by Charles Pahud de Mortanges (Netherlands): Team in 1924 and 1928 and individual (riding Marcroix) in 1928 and 1932. Also team Silver 1932.
  • Dressage, most Olympic wins is by Germany (West Germany 1968-1990) team Gold Medals; 1928, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 (9 total)
  • The record for the Greatest number of horses in a race is 66 in the Grand National, Aintree, UK, on 13th March 1948.
  • The record for the highest money paid for a horse is 13.1 million for the yearling Seattle Dancer in 1985 by Robert Sangster at Keeneland, Kentucky, USA.
  • The first Show Jumping Horse to win 1million :Milton 
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