Denis Glaccum was one of the first members of the USEA, and rode in his first event in 1956. Four years later, Glaccum competed in the 1960 Olympic Selection Trials. In 1976, Glaccum started the event which would become the Chesterland Three-Day Event, and ten years later he formed Fair Hill Equestrian Events, Inc. Soon after, Fair Hill was hosting six horse trials a year which attracted top competitors from all over the country. Glaccum also pioneered the use of portable cross-country jumps at Fair Hill which caught on as a very innovative idea.
Glaccum co-founded the American Horse Trials Foundation, which allowed riders to collect tax-free donations. He served for many years on the USEA Board of Governors in a variety of positions and was involved with the introduction of computers to the organization and the headquarters’ move to Morven Park. Nine years ago, Glaccum assisted in writing the curriculum for the Course Designers’Clinics.
Glaccum is still an active competitor and now has the honor of having competed in events longer than any other American.
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