Each week on #HallOfFameThursday, Horse Network recognizes members of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame with an inductee’s plaque, historical photos and, on the first Thursday of every month, an historic article about a Show Jumping Hall of Famer. This week’s featured rider is Whitney Stone, Class of 1991.

Few have matched the contributions Whitney Stone made to American horse sports.

A Lt. Col. during World War Il, Stone was one of a small group of horsemen who created the United States Equestrian Team in 1950 after the Army ceased equestrian sports competition. Stone served as President of the USET from 1953–1973 and was Chairman of the Board from 1973 until his death in 1979.

Stone’s commitment to the horse industry extended, however, far beyond the USET. He is commonly regarded as having revitalized the National Horse Show after the hiatus of World War Il. Stone was a Director of the National from 1932 until 1979 and also served at one time or another as its Secretary, Vice President, President, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Stone and his wife Anne had a residence in New York, but spent much time at their Thoroughbred breeding farm, Morven Stud, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among nine other stakes winners bred at Morven was the great mare Shuvee, winner of the 1969 Triple Crown for Fillies and member of the Racing Hall of Fame. Shuvee was the only mare to win the American Jockey Club Gold Cup, a feat she accomplished twice.

Other roles occupied by Stone in his distinguished career included Vice President and Director of the American Horse Shows Association, President of the Coaching Club of America and member of the Jockey Club.

All photos courtesy of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

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