The Greatest Horse in the World


The Greatest Horse in the World.

The Greatest horse in the world is….?  Right away I can hear a cacophony of cries from the racing community. “Seabiscuit!” “Man O’ War!” “Secretariat!” are the names I hear loudest.  Then from Canada I hear “Northern Dancer!”  But then from across the Atlantic I hear shouts of derision: “ Those flat racers are just sissies! The greatest horse has to win racing over fences. If they can’t do that they can’t be the “greatest” horse. Arkle! He was the greatest horse and always will be. Three gold cups and the Irish Grand National. Arkle! Arkle! Arkle!”

heslop%20-%20arkle%20l Arkle and Pat Taaffe by Michael P. Heslop

Then from my Canadian compatriots in the jumper world I hear, loud and clear: “Big Ben.”  Ian Millar’s famous horse that no one in Europe wanted and with Ian Millar went on to become…

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