Circus Ring of Fame Wheel Plaque

Arthur, Alexander and Dorita Konyot

Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2004

Circus Profession: Equestriannes

Konyot, Arthur, Dorita, Alexander Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee

The Konyot family were one of Europe’s top equestrian groups dating back to the mid 19th century. They performed with German Circus Busch and Leopold before coming to the United States at the invitation of John Ringling in 1907. They toured with Ringling until 1912 and returned to Europe where they performed for many years. In 1940 Arthur and his family fled back to the US to escape the war and rejoined the Greatest Show On Earth.

As masters of dressage they thrilled American circus audiences and helped popularize dressage in America. On retiring as a performer Arthur taught dressage and trained Arthur Godfrey’s show horses. Alexander became one of the country’s most sought after dressage and jumper trainers. Dorita taught on the dressage circuit and trained show horses, including a national grand champion.