June 19, 1994 |
Gem Twist, the fiery American thoroughbred named best horse in the world at the last World Show Jumping Championship in 1990, may have the opportunity to defend his title this summer. With Leslie Lenehan handling the ride, the powerfully built 15-year-old gray gelding soared over the most formidable course ever built by designer Steve Stephens for a decisive win in the fourth U.S. equestrian team selection trial for the 1994 World Show Jumping Championship. This victory moved Gem Twist up the ladder from seventh to second position on the short list of the top-10 riders drawn at the conclusion of yesterday's competition.
June 1, 1992 |
While tested veterans rose to the top as the third trial for the Olympic equestrian team drew to a close, one notable exception fell out of contention. Greg Best of Flemington, N.J., and his stellar mount, Gem Twist, were eliminated Saturday night at the Devon Horse Show after Gem Twist inexplicably refused to jump an obstacle three times. In the 1988 Olympics, the Best and Gem Twist duo won team and individual silver medals. In 1990, Gem Twist was named best horse in the World Championships.
May 27, 1986 |
Maybe a pair of rookies like Greg Best and his mount, Gem Twist, just haven't been around long enough to know they're not supposed to be able to beat international stars like U.S. equestrian team members Michael Matz and Katie Monahan in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show. Best, 21, who graduated from Penn with a degree in economics just a week ago, and Gem Twist, recovering from a mysterious leg injury, were making their debuts in what is regarded as the most prestigious intermediate jumper class in the country.
February 4, 1995 |
If ever there was a horse that epitomizes the American dream, it is the fiery, gray show jumper Gem Twist. From his ordinary beginnings on a New Jersey farm, where he was bred to be a jumper, he went on to New Jersey's local horse show circuit and then to being named best horse in the world at the 1990 World Championships. Gem Twist carried Greg Best, his first grand prix rider, to a team and individual silver medal in the 1988 Olympics. Last year, with show-jumping superstar Leslie Lenehan in the irons, Gem Twist was the victor in the American Grand Prix Association Championship.
September 14, 1997 |
Two young relatives of the mighty gray thoroughbred Gem Twist lived up to the family legacy yesterday, placing first and second in the International Jumper Futurity. The filly Good Measure won, with the colt Nicholas Amber finishing right behind. Laura Chapot, who piloted Gem Twist to victory last year, rode both youngsters. They were sired by Good News Joe, a son of the Chapot family's foundation sire Good Twist, who also produced Gem Twist. Chapot broke and trained the youngsters with the help of Olympic coach Frank Chapot, her father.
November 4, 1994 |
With her seasoned campaigner Gem Twist out of commission for the past several months, U.S. equestrian team rider Leslie Lenehan has had to rely on her up-and-coming mount for the National Horse Show and earlier fall competitions. Lenehan found, however, that using her No. 2 horse was not too bad. Aboard Charisma, a 15.1 Holsteiner mare, Lenehan led the U.S. equestrian team to victory in last night's Nation's Cup, giving the team its fourth consecutive annual win at the National.
May 29, 1997 |
Few horses in the world of show jumping have captivated the public like a fiery near-white American thoroughbred named Gem Twist. Throughout his career, Gem Twist dazzled show-jumping spectators with his brilliant jumping style and his determination to clear massive jumps. From the start of his Grand Prix career in 1987 until last year, when he won his final competition, all a show announcer had to do was utter his name and the crowd went wild. This evening, the announcer at the Devon Horse Show will be introducing this most famous of American show jumpers one final time.
July 23, 1992 |
United States Equestrian Team manager Frank Chapot has pegged Michael Matz as this country's best prospect for an individual gold medal in show jumping. For two reasons. Matz is one red-hot rider. Greg Best won't be in the saddle in Barcelona. Best, of Flemington, N.J., ran into trouble during the trials when his fabulous horse, Gem Twist, refused to jump an obstacle in the second Devon Horse Show selection trials. That was tough luck, because Best and Gem Twist were named by team members as the ones they would have most wanted on the squad.
May 29, 1991 |
Debbie Dolan of Oyster Bay, N.Y., surpassed 32 of the country's foremost riders in dashing Arrangeur to victory in the third phase of the Open Jumper Championship yesterday at the 95th Devon Horse Show. The two-part competition tested power and speed. The first leg was a power trip over seven high fences. If horse and rider cleared all the fences, they could start at once on a journey of speed over eight jump-off fences. Dolan and Arrangeur were the 31st to go, and they were under pressure to overcome the first-place position of Penn graduate Greg Best, riding Gem Twist, who had raced over the jump-off fences in 37.136 seconds.
May 31, 1992 |
After turning in a victorious - and penalty-free - performance last night, Michael Matz kept his hold on the top position in his quest to represent the U.S. equestrian team in the Summer Olympics. He was tied after two rides on different horses with Anne Kursinski on Top Seed for first place in last night's $25,000 Open Jumper Stake, which concluded the Devon Horse Show. Matz, an Olympic veteran from Collegeville, Pa., turned in the leading performance on Heisman, a 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion, as the selection process reached its halfway mark with three trials to go. Heisman was named the champion open jumper, while Matz was named leading open-jumper rider.