Countdown to Paris 2018: 1983 World Cup winner Dello Joio to enter Hall of Fame

Prince Philip with Norman Dello Joio and I Love You at 1983 World Cup Final in Vienna, Austria
Credit : Inside the World Cup

Tuesday 27 March - 15h41 | Ian Clayton

Countdown to Paris 2018: 1983 World Cup winner Dello Joio to enter Hall of Fame

The 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and FEI Dressage Final are set to take place about two weeks from now in Paris, France. In the lead-up to the event, GrandPrix-Replay has been looking back at some of the figures from the Finals history over the years. Today, a New York City native who this week was given a major honor in the U.S. 35 years after winning the Final in Vienna, Austria. 

 - Countdown to Paris 2018: 1983 World Cup winner Dello Joio to enter Hall of Fame

Son Nick Dello Joio and Carlos at Winter Equestrian Festival in 2013
Credit : Scoopdyga

This week, the U.S. Show Jumping Hall of Fame announced that Norman Dello Joio would be inducted in 2018 alongside the late Hunter Harrison (sponsor and owner of horses like ‘HH Azur’), Beezie Madden’s gold medal-winning Olympic partner Authentic (Madden has qualified for the Paris Final), and fellow Olympian mount Sympatico.

The Hall, located in the Kentucky Horse Park, was created in 1989 to “promote the sport of Show Jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.” Some of its influential directors have included George H. Morris and Robert Ridland. The newest inductees will be recognized in a ceremony at the Devon Horse Show on May 31. 

Nicknamed "Stormin' Norman" for his intense riding style, Norman Dello Joio racked up a long list of accomplishments over his long athletic career, including an Individual bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games with Irish (after qualifying but not going to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the international boycott), a Team gold at the 1979 Pan American Games, and a King George V Gold Cup victory with Glasgow in 2001.

But in 1983, Dello Joio – the son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of the same name – was in the Austrian capital Vienna, also known as the the City of Music, City of Dreams and the Imperial City, with his Frenchbred stallion I Love You. The American rider was in town for the fifth Show Jumping Final after Gothenburg in 1979, Baltimore in 1980, Birmingham, England in 1981 and Gothenburg again in 1982, where American Melanie Smith had become the first female winner of the title.

In Austria, Dello Joio was on the home ground of Hugo Simon, who after winning the inaugural competition in Sweden, had claimed two third-place finishes as well as a fourth. And Simon and all the previous winners were back in Vienna among the 32-rider field made up of 13 North Americans, 15 Europeans, one South American, two Australians and a New Zealander competing at the city’s Stadthalle.
Taking on rivals like Paul Schockemöhle and his championship horse Deister, Debbie Schaffner on Abdullah and crowd favorite Simon on Gladstone (the rider was said to be inspiring the same enthusiasm as the country’s skiers), Dello Joio was described as taking “some wild chances” in his riding, “but over a fairly small course, they came off.” Over the competition, it was a back-and-forth battle but in the end Dello Joio and I Love You would take the title with 0 penalties, ahead of previous winners Simon and Gladstone (4) and Melanie Smith and Calypso (7.5).
In the years since, Dello Joio has been involved in different ways in the equestrian world, including in business with his son Nick, himself a rider, and as a coach of Team Mexico. For more information on the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and FEI Dressage Final, click here. 

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