Count Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson is a retired horseman and retains a keen interest in the equine world. He studied combined training with a particular passion for jumping. He is a long-time supporter of foxhunting and country sports, as well as equestrian competition. In college, Don Rutherford was a founding member of the Georgia Tech Equestrian Team, which still remains a valuable part of Georgia Tech club sports. He still attends competitions and shows, as well as the races at Keeneland and elsewhere whenever possible.

In addition, the Cardinal has been active in research on diverse topics in the equine industry ranging from the economics of valuation of horses and facilities to the history of Lipizzaner horses. His efforts have helped to promote equestrian sports, recreational riding, and preservation of equestrian history.


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