National Geographic : 1954 Nov
and footmen. Not until after some of the passers by had bowed low to the Bacon box, however, did they behold a whole ret inue of servants, perplexed but respectfully nodding in return. Enter: Spirited Horses When people finally have been seated, the "neck-and-necklace" race for the spotlight begins. For now come the horses. A ray of light glances off a diamond eardrop, a top hat shimmers, and an Lariat, a Champion Chestnut Gelding, Clears the Bars Here ridden by William McKinley ("Linky") Smith, Lariat took some 40 blue ribbons in shows in 1952 and also became the National's jumper champion. In 1953, despite a slug near his brain, he won the National's reserve jumper title. A vandal shot the horse in his Maryland stall.