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July 7, 2010

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Sonora Carver

Walking down the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., just isn’t the same these days. What once was a prime vacation destination for the rich and famous in the early part of the 20th century, rich in upscale hotels, attractions such as Steel, Million Dollar and Iron Pier, side show acts, entertainment and nightlife, has now become a boulevard of towering casinos prevailing over the Atlantic Ocean’s horizon.

June 30, 2010

Misty Always Made Me Want To Buy A Pony

Ever since I read Misty of Chincoteague when I was a kid, I’ve wanted to attend Pony Penning Day and bring home a Misty all of my own. Of course, that wish was always a far-fetched one, since I grew up on the West Coast, thousands of miles away from the two islands and adventures that Marguerite Henry described in her book. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up the novel, but I still remember being swept away by the story of Misty.

June 23, 2010

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Lady Godiva

It’s been a chocolate kind of week here at The Chronicle. We typically have a bit of a lull in the schedule in the middle of the summer, so we’ve all been busy catching up on projects and trying to stay ahead of the game in preparation for our incredibly busy fall season.

I took a break today to have a bit of chocolate, and much to my surprise, there was a horse on it! Now, I’ve never really paid attention to chocolate logos, but this one intrigued me.

June 17, 2010

Sweet Chariots And An Ancient Circus

I’ve been writing a lot about more recent history lately, so I decided to dig deeper into the past of the horse. One of the problems I’ve run into while working on this project of mine is that there’s so much to write about, I have a hard time narrowing down a topic! If you have something you’re interested in learning more about, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

June 9, 2010

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Riding Sidesaddle

In Middleburg, Va., you know summer is on its way when the Upperville Show Grounds start to come to life. About mid-May, the tent stabling begins to go up, and as the days roll on, the jumps appear, the flowers line the fences, and the vendor booths start filling with merchandise.

June 2, 2010

Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Horseboxes And Caravans

I’ve been writing so much about trailers lately that my brain is constantly revolving around goosenecks, GVWRs and visions of a shiny new truck and trailer.

I couldn’t help but wonder who invented horse trailers in the first place. To discover that, we must go a little further back in time.

May 27, 2010

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Lis Hartel

I’ve been on a girl-power kick lately, mostly because I’m a girl, and I think it’s fantastic to hear about women doing things that aren’t necessarily … lady-like.

Lis Hartel had some serious girl-power.

May 20, 2010

We’ll Wander The Mountains And Enjoy Sweet Confidences

I think most of us know what it’s like to escape for a couple of hours on horseback. For General Robert E. Lee, who wrote the poignant words in this title, Traveller offered him similar peace after many years of war.

While Lee, who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, rode several horses during his campaign in the American Civil War (1861-1865), his favorite of all was Traveller.

May 5, 2010

Lexington’s Legacy

The first Saturday in May always makes me excited. One, the month of May means the good weather is here to stay (generally speaking—a May snowstorm is not an unheard of occurrence), everything is blooming and green, and in Louisville, Ky., a chance for a new legend to emerge is about to take place.

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