I read this in the obituary for Georganna “Georgie” Prime Davis and I was particularly interested in the qualifying for the USET Three Day Team in 1958… and wondered who the other two women were. Anyone know?
She sounds like an interesting woman - wish I had known her…
[B]GEORGANNA PRIME DAVIS
[/B]Georganna “Georgie” Prime Davis died peacefully at home in the Genesee Valley on Oct. 25 after a long struggle with declining health. She was 78.
Originally from Lake Placid, N.Y., [B]Mrs. Davis was the first woman to qualify for the U.S. Equestrian Team’s three-day event team. In 1958, at the Wofford Cup Qualifying Event held in Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Davis finished second on Gipsy Hill, behind a Polish citizen and professional trainer who was not eligible for selection.
However, international rules held that Olympic three-day eventing was “too rigorous” for females, so Mrs. Davis and the next three finishers (all women) were passed over for selection.
A September 1958 Sports Illustrated article entitled “An Embarrassment Of Ladies” pointed out that “The Wofford was both a surprise and a success … but all the wrong people won… The red-faced USET Selection Committee had to reach down to fifth place to get their first candidate for the team.”[/B]
Denny? Mike Page? Do either of you know??