Horse shows come in all sizes and are held in every setting, from one-day events in a country pasture to elaborate functions in festooned stadiums that last a week or longer. But none combines the disparate ingredients of regal atmosphere, fine horses and the pace of a Broadway revue as does Toronto. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which opens next week, presents the most elegant and visually attractive show in North America. Radiators warm formally dressed box holders, and a mirror by the ring's in gate bears a sign that inquires of competitors, "Are you properly attired for this class?" Closed-circuit TV informs the committee whether the entries are moving promptly from the two-story horse palace to the ring for the next class, and events are timed by stop watch so schedules are met precisely. The world's fastest work crew breaks down an international jump course in seconds and, after the horses perform, the judging of conformation and soundness (often a lengthy process, of no interest to the average spectator) takes place outside the ring while the show continues. Later, a victorious rider, like Claire Lang Miller (right), returns to the ring, heralded by trumpets, to receive a handshake and trophy after the Canadian first-place red ribbon is pinned on her hunter's bridle. On the following pages are other colorful demonstrations of the special Dominion quality of The Royal.
JUMPER IS SILHOUETTED AGAINST BLUE AND GREEN BUNTING IN FAIR'S COLORS, A NEW DECORATIVE TOUCH TO AN ALWAYS BRILLIANT SHOW RING
RED-COATED MOUNTIES AND KILTED HONOR GUARD ADD DISTINCTIVE CANADIAN FLAVOR
In a dashing display of their horsemanship, Mounties execute a precision ride over fences. At right: Ontario Lieutenant Governor Mackay reviews St. Andrew's Cadet Corps.
TRADITIONAL CLOSING CEREMONY UNITES SHOW'S CHAMPIONS AND PRIZE-WINNING DRAFT TEAMS AS BAND PLAYS "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN"