Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life by Michael Korda

By Michael Korda

Bestselling writer Michael Korda's Horse People is the tale -- occasionally hilariously humorous, occasionally unhappy and relocating, continually shrewdly saw -- of a life-time love affair with horses, and of the bonds that experience associated people with horses for greater than 10000 years. it's full of intimate images of the type of humans, wealthy or negative, japanese or Western, well-known or humble, whose lives proceed to revolve round the horse.

Korda is an awesome storyteller, and his ebook is very own and seductive, a pleasure for everybody who loves horses. Even those that have by no means ridden might be chuffed to saddle up and persist with him in the course of the global of horses, horse humans, and the driving life.

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Not a few people in the area had their own private racetracks, one of them belonging to Mrs. Randolph Dupont Scott, a Dupont heiress who had married a handsome “poor white trash” hunt servant named Randolph Scott, who went on to become a Hollywood star. Mrs. Scott was at the apex of the horse world, higher even than Paul Mellon, who had more money, but slightly less horsey cachet. The Duke of Rappahannock, with whom we were to ride the next day, was right up there with them, though, Jane assured me on the way home, with his own racecourse, his own racing stable, and his own stud farm, a patron of several local hunts and a very grand personage indeed.

Since it seemed like the thing to do, I had one myself. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” I told myself, and indeed I soon felt a good deal more optimistic about the whole day, and the pounding in my head from last night’s drinking began to retreat. It actually occurred to me that the day might turn out to be good fun. This illusion was somewhat shattered once we got to the stable. Black Jack, who had been docile enough the day before until Jane started to go over fences, was in a wild-eyed lather this morning.

The walls were covered with paintings and drawings of horses, framed photographs of people on horseback going back to the 1920s, and group photographs of polo teams, eventing teams, and hunt meetings. Everywhere there were signs of horsey activity. The mudroom was jammed with riding boots and Wellington boots, spurs, Barbour rain gear, hunt caps and whips of every size and type, dog leashes, a corkboard with rows of fading ribbons, and a glassed-in cabinet full of silver riding trophies and horse sculpture.

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