Past Exhibits

The Wheeler Museum has featured a variety of exhibits throughout the years. If you missed one of our earlier exhibits, below are snapshots of some of our more recent exhibits. Please come back and visit the site as we continue to expand our past exhibit archives.

June 2014–December 2015

The exhibit features photographs, artifacts, and other memorabilia to showcase some of the most historically significant and storied competitions that featured hunter and jumper classes across the United States.

Old traditions come to life as you revisit the heritage of these iconic horse shows. Explore their pageantry, relive their legendary moments, and celebrate their contributions to their respective communities.

Featured Competitions

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show* Video Tour!
Buffalo International Horse Show* Video Tour!
Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show Video Tour!
Deep Run Horse Show* Video Tour!
Detroit/Motor City Horse Show Video Tour!
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair* Video Tour!
Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show* Video Tour!
Hampton Classic Horse Show* Video Tour!
Keswick Horse Show* Video Tour!
National Horse Show Video Tour!
Norfolk Hunt Horse Show* Video Tour!
Ox Ridge Horse Show Video Tour!
Pennsylvania National Horse Show Video Tour!
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show* Video Tour!
Portuguese Bend Charity Horse Show* Video Tour!
Santa Barbara National Horse Show Video Tour!
Sussex Country Farm & Horse Show Video Tour!
Upperville Colt & Horse Show* Video Tour!
Warrenton Horse Show* Video Tour!
Washington International Horse Show* Video Tour!

*Indicates horse shows in the exhibit that are also recognized as USEF Heritage Competitions. Watch this short excerpt from the video tour to learn more about this designation.

Photos from the Exhibit

March 2013–March 2014

Known for its stamina, power, speed, and agility, the Thoroughbred dominated the world of show jumping for decades. Likewise, the breed’s beauty, grace, and elegance proved instrumental in shaping and defining the show ring hunter.

Museum visitors were invited to explore this exhibit, relive the storied athletes of our past, view some of today’s show ring competitors, and share in the special bonds these horses have had with their owners and riders. Few horses exhibit the heart and bravery inherent in the Thoroughbred, and these qualities have resulted in heroic triumphs in international competition, as well as touching personal moments shared only between these horses and their riders and owners.

Revisit yesterday; and celebrate today with the elegance, power and heart that are the Thoroughbred show horse.

View the video tour of this exhibit today!

Photos from the Exhibit

October 2012–February 2013

The USHJA Wheeler Museum’s fall/winter 2012/2013 exhibit, Equitation – A Foundation for Life, brought to life the history of equitation through some of the greatest names in our sport, sharing how and why equitation remains the foundation of their illustrious careers. Museum guests revisited all the glory days of the ASPCA Maclay, AHSA/USEF Medal, and USET Talent Search Finals, as well as other pivotal moments in equitation that led to hallmark accomplishments such as Conrad Homfeld’s and Michael Page’s Olympic Medal wins and the evolution of George Morris’ American Forward Riding System.

Enjoy the historic AHSA video, The Basic Principles of Hunter Seat Equitation, which was featured in this exhibit.

Photos from the Exhibit

May 2012–September 2012

It all starts with a pony…

Some of equestrian sport’s greatest athletes and moments can be traced back to a PONY! Throughout their history ponies have often been referred to as the Wee Warriors of the horse world, but many of these half-pint equines have achieved their discipline’s highest honors and often started their riders’ Olympic dreams.

The 2012 Wheeler Museum exhibit, Ponies Through the Decades, paid homage to a vital part of both the sport of horse showing itself and the people and ponies throughout history who influenced us all.

Spectacular sterling silver goblets, gorgeous ribbon displays, specially created Breyer® Horses, wardrobe items, and exquisite retired trophies from such prestigious shows as Devon, were just a few of the precious items the USHJA received from people all over the country who support the USHJA’s efforts to perpetuate our sport’s origins.

Enjoy video footage from the 1960’s International Pony Competition and take a tour behind the scenes of the Inaugural Pony Finals in 1961.

Photos from the Exhibit