Starting Youngsters Right with Jim Elder
Jim Elder started jumping competitively in 1950 at the age of 16 and became the youngest rider to ever earn a berth on the Canadian Equestrian Team. During a 36-year riding career, Elder represented Canada at seven Olympics, five Pan Am Games and three World Championships. Some of his earliest international victories were in eventing: his team won bronze at the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm and took the gold team medal at the 1959 Pan Am Games in Chicago. His brother, Norman, was also an accomplished rider and both Elder brothers were members of the 1960 national team. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Elder, James Day and Tom Gayford established Canadian show jumpers as a force to be reckoned with. After taking bronze at the 1967 Pan Am Games, they stunned the world by claiming gold at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. This spectacular victory in a…
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