Historic bespoke Hunt Cap Case
Unique and truly one of a kind with history.
Made for one of the true greats of our equestrian history and a true hunting gentleman.
Leather hunting cap case in perfect vintage condition.
Embossed with gold initials J. A. T-P. (John Arthur Talbot-Ponsonby - known as Jack)
A unique, historic piece having belonged to a great man who loved his hunting, showjumped for Britain and trained British teams and who re-presented the King George V Gold Cup Trophy for perpetual competition after having won it three times and outright in 1933.
John Arthur (Jack) Talbot-Ponsonby was born in 1907.
After an education at Harrow Jack served in the 7th Hussars before becoming a Lt-Col in the Royal Armoured Corps and representing his regiment at both polo and showjumping with huge success both in Britain and Internationally.
In 1936 when Jack was 29 he was a member of the British Olympic Individual and Team Showjumping squads in Berlin.
He also won the King George V Gold Cup three times, showjumping on his mare Chelsea in 1930 and ’32 and Best Girl in ’33. Having won it outright with his third victory in 1933 he generously re-presented the trophy for perpetual competition and the trophy now bears an inscription on the base “Won outright by Lieutenant J A Talbot-Ponsonby and re-presented by him for perpetual competition.”
He went on to train the British Equestrian teams to medals for the ’52, ’56, and ’60 olympics, including the only gold medal for Great Britain in the 1956 games.
As an author he wrote several books including ‘The Horseman’s Bedside Book’ and ‘Harmony in Horsemanship’.
He died in December 1969 aged 62 after a fall out hunting in Oxfordshire.