When I wrote this column for the Illinois Horse Network in 2011 (under the heading, Sometimes God Uses Horses), I borrowed Jane Savoie’s book title, because that’s exactly how I felt after finishing my first ACTHA ride. That ride meant a lot to me because of what happened to Lady, my headstrong Tennessee walker mare.[Read more…]
Zenyatta is one of the great mares in racing history. Her owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, planned to retire the six-year-old after the Breeder’s Cup Classic in Louisville, Kentucky on November 7, 2010. Instead of retiring with an outstanding record of twenty wins, which would have been the best of any American horse in the history of Thoroughbred racing, she lost her last important race by a head to a horse named “Blame.”[Read more…]
My new horse interest!
My husband and I no longer own horses, but we enjoy horseracing. I was watching the post parade at Fairmount Park one Tuesday in early July—when number two in the third race totally captured my attention. “Look at that beautiful mare!” I yelled. I hardly noticed the rest.
The program gave her name as Ruler Runaway, a dark gray six-year-old mare with flowing tail tipped in white. Suddenly, I was in love.[Read more…]
Unplanned adventures often become memorable experiences. One morning when I went to the boarding stable to visit Lady, my black Tennessee Walking horse mare, I noticed the next door neighbor had a sofa in front of his house with the sign, “Free.”
I wasn’t interested in his sofa. When I got to the barn, a fellow boarder asked me, “What would Lady do if you rode her past that sofa next door?”[Read more…]