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Jenny Camp

Jenny Camp, a bay mare foaled in 1926 at the Remount Depot in Front Royal, Virginia, is arguably one of the most famous Army-bred horses. By the famous Thoroughbred sire, Gordon Russell, and out of a mare thought to have been part Thoroughbred, part Standardbred, Jenny Camp was first tried as a polo pony because of her small size (under 15.3 hands) and short gaits. However, she was shifted to the three-day squad when it was discovered that she was a talented jumper. Jenny Camp went on to win individual silver medals at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, with Captain Earl F. Thomson in the irons.

Jenny Camp is one of only four horses who have won individual medals at consecutive Olympic Games. It was to be another 48 years before another "little" horse, Mark Todd’s Charisma, also a remarkable jumper, won back-to-back individual Olympic gold at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, repeating the achievements of Marcroix who, ridden by Lt. Charles F. Pahud de Mortanges for Holland, won the individual Olympic gold medals in 1928 and 1932. Over 75 years later the legendary La Biosthetique Sam FBW would join the special ranks by winning back-to-back individual gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

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