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Jennifer Calder

September 9, 2014

Urban Legends: Manhattan's Horse Show History

Manhattan has never been the most natural setting for a hack or a handy hunter class, but this bustling New York City borough still boasts a unique and rich horse show history.

The uninitiated clustered four and five deep along wooden sawhorses lining the makeshift show ring.

They stood on tiptoes, children on shoulders, to catch a glimpse of the illustrious riders and famous horses soaring over jumps.

The skyline of Manhattan stood in crisp contrast to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, where the last brightly colored autumn leaves clung to the trees.

November 21, 2013

Concerns Diminish Over Devon Development Dispute

Following initial concerns regarding a conflict of interest in the development of the commercial property adjacent to the grounds of the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa., lawyers representing both sides seemed pleased with the outcome of a Nov. 11 meeting. 

July 30, 2013

Sheppard On Love, Loss And Winning

After a hard crank of the steering wheel to the right, the truck reverses, pivots, and we’re suddenly facing the opposite side of what is referred to as the “Hundred Acre Field” on the grounds of Ashwell Training Stables, an hour or so west of Philadelphia. The undulating landscape is covered by the brilliant green meadow grass of early summer, interrupted only by the occasional tree. A small stream divides the field, the far side being reserved for fast works and the area on our side used for conditioning.

October 17, 2012

Donna Barton Brothers: All Or Nothing, Every Day

Arguably the most famous female jockey of all time, she’s had a voracious appetite for victory, and for even greater challenges out of the saddle, since the day she was born.

It’s been almost 25 years, but Donna Barton Brothers still vividly remembers watching her first Kentucky Derby in person. The emotional experience hasn’t been diminished by the years, and she can’t discuss that day, that race, that horse, without her eyes welling up.

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