Agricultural History Series

 Missouri State University

 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair

Thoroughbred Horse Show

All forty-six entries arrived the evening of August 21, 1904, on the train from Kentucky. The exhibitors aboard  included H. P. Headley, G. C. Graddy, Carrie B. Graddy, and W. T. Wilmore. They competed for $6,205 in cash prizes, and the premier championship title which was taken home by Headley’s stallion, Ornament. John B. Castleman of Louisville, KY was brought in to judge the classes. The reason for only a few exhibitors showing was because the owners logically believed that the true test of a Thoroughbred was on the track, not in the show ring.

Thoroughbred judging

Thoroughbred class at the World's Fair.

First place winners were:

References: World's Fair Bulletin, July & October 1904; The Horse Show Monthly, 1904; The Breeder's Gazette, August 31 & September 7, 1904; The St. Louis Republic, August 21, 1904.

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