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One of the great ones is gone: Carol Hofman
By: Denny Emerson On December 07, 2013

One of the great ones is gone---

Carol Hofmann Thompson, RIP.

I saw her for the first time coming out of a ring at GMHA about 50 years ago, and thought---"That`s the prettiest girl ever born."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Carol Hofmann when she was riding on the USET Show Jumping squad, in Europe.  Here, Carol is checking the order of go.  Carol Thompson`s and Judy Richter`s  parents were Philip and Mary Hofmann, from New Jersey. Mr Hofmann was the first president of the US Eventing Association.  Carol, who died today, and Judy, two of the most elegant riders of their era, trained, fox hunted, competed, judged, sponsored riders, basically did it all.  We all know that saying:

 

Carol Hofmann when she was riding on the USET Show Jumping squad, in Europe.

Here, Carol is checking the order of go.

Carol Thompson`s and Judy Richter`s parents were Philip and Mary Hofmann, from New Jersey. Mr Hofmann was the first pre
sident of the US Eventing Association.

Carol, who died today [December 5], and Judy, two of the most elegant riders of their era, trained, fox hunted, competed, judged, sponsored riders, basically did it all.

We all know that saying: "They don`t make `em like they used to."

In the case of the Hofmann sisters, that is a true saying.

Sympathies to Judy, and all of Carol`s family.

 

Photo: Another of the great horsemen, Howard Lewis, also died just recently.  About 40 years ago, I went to look at this horse, Quillcote, at his farm in Ohio.  I stayed at his house, and I remember playing raquetball in FREEZING weather that night, and getting majorly massacred by Howard`s daughter.  Always remembered him as a thoroughly nice guy----

 

Another of the great horsemen, Howard Lewis, also died just recently.

About 40 years ago, I went to look at this horse, Quillcote, at his farm in Ohio.

I stayed at his house, and I remember playing raquetball in FREEZING weather that night, and getting majorly massacred by Howard`s daughter.

Always remembered him as a thoroughly nice guy----

 


 


 

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Bioline Image Denny Emerson is considered “one of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century ...” He is an USEA Hall of Fame inductee and is the only rider to have ever won both a gold medal in eventing and a Tevis buckle in endurance. In 2011, he wrote "How Good Riders Get Good."


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