2.47 m Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales riding Huaso ex-Faithfull set the high jump record of 2.47 m (8 ft 1 in) on February 5, 1949, during the Official International Event in Vina del Mar, Chile. This record has never been beaten and stands to this day.
Captain Larragueibelo was a Chilean military officer who served as president of the National Olympic Committee from 1946 to 1952. He also played an important role in bringing the 1947 World Championships to Chile. In addition, he helped organize several major international events in Chile including the first South American Games in 1951 and the second World Military Games in 2005. After retiring from the army, he became involved in politics and was elected vice president under President Eduardo Frei Montalva. However, he died before taking office due to heart failure caused by an attack while playing polo.
He was born in Santiago on January 4, 1907, the son of a naval officer. His family lived in many countries including Argentina, France, and America before returning to Chile where he graduated from the School of Infantry in 1928. In 1932, he married Maria Luisa Contreras Boulton, with whom he had two children. The following year, he joined the Army Academy and was commissioned into the cavalry. He fought in the Central Valley during the Civil War before being transferred to the Jungle Warfare School in Peru.
Huaso, formerly of Faithful Share The official Federation Equestre Internationale high jump record is 2.47 m (8 ft 1.25 in) by Huaso ex-Faithful, ridden by Capt. Alberto Larraguibel Morales (Chile) on February 5, 1949 in Vina del Mar, Santiago, Chile. This record has never been challenged since it was set.
The answer depends on how you define "jumped the highest". If you mean "cleared the most obstacles" then the correct answer is the Huaso. If you mean "had the highest maximum height" then the correct answer is the Nijinsky II.
The Huaso story: In 1947 a young Chilean rider named Alberto Larragüeza (later changed to Larragueibello) saw a display of horses at a fair in Vina del Mar, Chile. He was impressed by one of them, a dark brown stallion with white feet and legs called Huaso. When Huaso died only three years later, Larragüeza had already bought another horse of the same breed. He decided to name him Huaso in memory of his first love.
Larragüeza became friends with an Italian horse rider called Capitano who lived in Chile. One day when Larragüeza went to visit Capitano at his farm, he saw some other horses there which caught his attention!
The current men's record holder has the longest-standing record in the history of the men's high jump, with a jump of 2.45 m (8 ft 1/4 in) established in 1993. The women's record is 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) held by Petria Thomas from Jamaica.
The highest hurdle ever jumped by a human was at the 1932 Olympics when Harald Winkelmann of Germany made it to two feet (60 cm). The event was won by John Curry of Great Britain who cleared the bar for three times within eight attempts.
After the Olympics, Winkelmann attempted to clear the same height again but failed to do so. He died in a plane crash a few months later at the age of 36. No one has matched his feat since then.
Today, the high jump is an Olympic event and is one of the four jumping events (along with the long jump, triple jump and shot put). It is part of the athletics program and is held before any other track and field events as well as after the pole vault. There are two types of high jumps: technical and ethical. In the technical high jump, the athlete tries to clear a bar set at a certain height by a judge. In the ethical high jump, the competitor raises the bar by jumping over it.