Better. Faster. Stronger. World Record Heights in Show Jumping

Records are meant to be broken.

Unless, of course, you’re Capt. Alberto Larraguibel Morales (Chile).

Capt. Morales set the world record for high jump at 2.47m (8ft 1.25in) with Huaso ex-Faithful at Viña del Mar, Santiago, Chile on February 5, 1949.

The sport of show jumping has modernized greatly in the 72 years since. Jumps are more delicate, courses more technical and times allowed tighter. But despite the advances, Morales’ record stands.

However, the high jump does look a bit different from the 1940s and ’50s, as rails have been replaced by the recognizable Puissance wall. That record is held by Germany’s Franke Sloothaak, who cleared 2.40m (7ft 10 1/2in) in 1991 with Optiebeurs Golo. 

Watch some record breaking moments in high jump history: