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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Lynn Edge
Tivoli, Texas, USA


Sheila’s Gift

“Some of us are just born to love horses and I love them.”
                                                                         — Sheila Varian

In 1984 I watched Sheila Varian show her incredible stallion, Huckleberry Bey, at the Arabian Nationals. She was forty-seven and at the pinnacle of her career with horses. That night I caught sight of her in the hotel lobby. She was still dressed in her riding clothes and carried a hatbox tucked under her arm. I could only dream about owning such a horse and competing in the nationals.

Decades later, when she became ill, I wrote on her Caring Bridge Website: there weren’t many choices for women in the 50s, you were a trail blazer, a pathfinder for all the girls who wanted a life with horses.

tack display –
her silver bridle
holds its sheen

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