Saddlebred History: Missouri Friends Present President Roosevelt With High Class Saddle Horse
(from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat of July 27, 1933)
WASHINGTON, July 26 – President Roosevelt is now in possession of “New Deal,” the magnificent saddle horse from Missouri. presented to him this afternoon by Senator Bennett C. Clark on behalf of 118 admiring friends. Although it was a hot day the fancy checkered blanket bearing the name “New Deal” was kept on the horse by the three cavalrymen from Fort Meyer, who were in charge of the horse for the presentation with Eddie C. Boyd of Mexico, who brought the horse to Washington, looking on. Not until the President arrived and several photographs had been taken, was the blanket removed. Then the President remarked, “He’s certainly a beauty.”
The presentation took place in the private grounds south of the White House. In the group with the President were Senator Clark and Representatives Cochran and Cannon. Representative Lozier had been with them in the executive offices, but had to leave before the presentation. As they stood in a group while cameras clicked, the President asked Clark many questions as to pedigree and the historic of the horse, as well as the industry which made Missouri famous “in the breeding and development of saddle horses,” as asserted by Clark.
Senator Clark told the President that enterprising Missourians bad been engaged for more than a hundred years in developing the most outstanding of this purely American breed of horses and directed the President’s attention to a number of the more famous Champion saddle horses bred in Missouri. including the great champion of them all, Rex McDonald 833.
Boyd had stood across the drive on the lawn until “Ike” Hoover, White House chief usher, called to the President that the man who brought the horse would like to meet him. Mclntire escorted Boyd to the group and he was introduced to all, posing for the photographers while clasping hands with the President.
“Has a woman ever ridden the horse, and is he safe?” the President asked Boyd. The answer was affirmative to the double query, and Boyd briefly described the animal’s good disposition.
The President expressed his warm appreciation of the gift to Senator Clark and the congressmen, to which Clark replied the donors had considered it an honor to join in the gift, and thereupon handed the President a list of the names and addresses of those who had contributed to the fund from which the purchase price and expense of shipment was met.