Why 1986 World Champion Gail Greenough Celebrates Simone Blum and Female Horsepower Post-WEG

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Published on December 5, 2018

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hen Germany’s Simone Blum cleared the last fence of the individual final at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, N.C., this past September, she made history becoming the first female show jumper to clinch an individual gold medal during the WEG era. As the news broke, Gail Greenough was deboarding a plane hundreds of miles away in Toronto, and her phone began to ring off the hook.

“It was crazy,” Gail says. “Even before I read the messages, I figured Simone won because of the amount of activity [my phone was getting].”

What is the link between these two women? Well, if orange is the new black, Simone is the new Gail. Before the World Equestrian Games began in 1990, each FEI discipline had its own individual World Championship, and Gail became the first woman to win show jumping individual gold in 1986. Simone, aboard her own DSP Alice, became the first female to achieve the feat since.