National Geographic : 1954 Nov
National Geographic Photographer David S. Boyer "You Can Win." A Girl Kisses Her Entry But one year she surprised everyone by turn ing up with a deodorized skunk named Gar denia. Exhibitors like Mrs. Combs, who once sent a complete outfit of fire engine and horses to a show in England, think little of costs. It may actually cost an exhibitor more to show his horses at the National than the total of all the cash prizes offered-$30,000. But this is the price he willingly pays for the chance to win one of those small strips of blue ribbon. The National, more over, offers several addi tional enticements not gen erally found at horse shows. Here the exhibitor is entertained at a daily luncheon and at a nightly party at the Waldorf Astoria and feted at the exclusive Friday night Horse Show Ball (page 714). Horatio Alger Hero Among Horses Even the finest enter tainment pales, it must be admitted, when compared with the thrill Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. Haymond experienced in 1952 when they entered The Angel in his first National. New to the Haymonds, The Angel by that time was already an old horse with a long history. A thin, leggy colt, he was discovered by a milk truck driver on a dirt road in upper New York State. For $10 the ani mal changed owners. Fi nally he found himself in Mrs. R. B. Taylor's stable in Buffalo, where he ac quired his heavenly name, much loving attention, and good food. Three years later, as handsome a bay as ever stepped out of a stable, he went off to his first show. Then the Haymonds bought him and entered him in the National. There The Angel won the reserve championship in the conformation hunter section, proving that even a horse with an undistinguished beginning can rise like the hero of one of Horatio Alger, Jr.'s old novels and that anything can happen at the National. Notice of change of address for your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the offices of the National GeographicSociety by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your February number, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than January first. Be sure to include your postal-zone number.