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Betty Oare: It’s Been A Good Life, So Far

by Ann Jamieson Starting Out Betty Oare first entered a horse show when she was about four. Her father, legendary Arthur Reynolds, Sr., ran the Metamora Hunt Club stable, that hosted the show. Riding a pony...

From Another Lifetime: Katie Monahan Prudent

BY ANN JAMIESON One of the most successful riders in U.S. Show Jumping history, Katie Monahan-Prudent was a member of the 1986 gold-medal-winning World Championship show-jumping team, took part in six World Cup finals, won...

Laura Kraut: Talent and Timing – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Cedric Cedric immediately captured Laura's attention, yet she never dreamed he would go as far as he did. She picked the green seven-year-old out of a crowd of horses being shown for sale...

Armand Leone: Family Life

BY ANN JAMIESON An Extended Childhood Armand, Team Leone's senior brother, is the only one who didn't go into the horse business as a professional. It wasn't so much a choice, he says, but the fact...

Peter Leone: A Lifelong Passion

by Ann Jamieson Jumpers George stepped Peter up to the jumpers with the Thoroughbred Catch the Win, a small bay gelding formerly ridden by Rodney Jenkins. "He was very brave. You could ride the biggest course...

Mark Leone: The Luckiest Leone

BY ANN JAMIESON The Luckiest Leone "I was the luckiest Leone,"  says Mark. "I was the youngest of three. I learned from my brothers. I learned what they did well, what they didn't do well, and...

Always a Team: The Leone Brothers – The Beginning

BY ANN JAMIESON Starting Out Horses were in their blood. One of their grandfathers was in the cavalry. Their mother, Rita, loved horses and exploring the trails winding through Central Park. It all began long before...

Judy Richter: Then and Now

BY ANN JAMIESON The Beginning Judy Richter's parents literally met on horseback. Philip Hofmann and Mary Kain were frequent guests at the Saddle & Sirloin in Kansas City, Missouri, "where the fast young crowd would go,"...

Unstoppable Margie Goldstein Engle

BY ANN JAMIESON Like so many of us, Margie Goldstein Engle's love for horses came from out of nowhere. Although her family is athletic and enjoys sports, no one else had ever fallen in love...

For Candice King Partnership is Key

BY ANN JAMIESON Candice King was only six months old when her parents, Al and Marlo Schlom, placed her in front of them on their western saddles to take her on trail rides.  At two, she...

Barbara Johnson: Growing Strong Women

BY ANN JAMIESON “There will probably never be a way for anyone to know just how many lives she touched,” says Jolene Laughlin, one of Barbara Johnson’s students. These words are echoed by scores of others....

Patty Stovel: Honoring the Individual

BY ANN JAMIESON Born into the horse business, Patty Stovel grew up in a family-run lesson barn in Connecticut, Patty's routine as a child was to wake up, care for the horses, attend school, and...

Mary Mairs Chapot

BY ANN JAMIESON "I've always loved animals," says Mary Chapot. "We always had dogs in the family. And horses were another animal to love, to pet, to hug." While Mary's mother loved horses, and wanted to...

Michael Page: It’s About the Ride

BY ANN JAMIESON A sign in Michael Page's tack room reads "It was never about the ribbon; it was about the ride and the horse that got me there."  The list of his accomplishments easily covers...

Bernie Traurig – A Man for All Disciplines

BY ANN JAMIESON "My first ride on a horse was with my mother, and I was 11 years old. It was at a place called Whitey's Stables on Long Island. My mother was a pleasure...

Carleton Brooks: The Horse Comes First

BY ANN JAMIESON At Balmoral, “The horse comes first.” Carleton and Traci Brooks believe horses should be treated as individuals. There are no cookie cutter training scenarios at their Southern California farms. ”You look at...

Always at the Barn: Why Pony Rider Helena Timpany Has a ‘Bright, Bright Future’

BY ANN JAMIESON Helena Timpany was only two years old when she was first hoisted up on a pony at a birthday party. “It was the best birthday party the kids ever had,” her mother...

Saving Fred Astaire

BY ANN JAMIESON I wasn’t looking for a horse when Tucker (Fred Astaire) appeared in my life. I still had my first horse, Odie, and my show horse, Nicky. But when my friend, top breeder...

Help Save the School Horses

BY ANN JAMIESON School horses are the lifeblood of our business. Almost every equestrian in the country had their initial ride on the back of a trusted schoolie. But the nation, the world, is in turmoil....

Anne Kursinski: It’s All About the Horse

BY ANN JAMIESON “That’s all I ever wanted to do, ride, and be with horses,” states Anne Kursinski, one of the all-time leading riders in United States show jumping history. Getting her start as a...

Kathy Kusner: Boldly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before

BY ANN JAMIESON Kathy Kusner has gone where no woman has gone before. Her successful legal case in 1968 allowed her to become the first licensed woman jockey in the United States, opening up the...

Riding With Life: Melanie Smith Taylor

BY ANN JAMIESON The cover photo on her website says it all. It’s not of Melanie Smith and Calypso earning the gold medal in L.A., or of Melanie on the Olympic podium. Instead, Melanie Smith Taylor is cuddling...