Goshen, NY - If you have ever been the caretaker, trainer or owner of a horse that had a special gift of speed and talent--then you recognize it when you see it.
If you have ever shared a unique bond with that almost "human" horse--then you have experienced that indescribable feeling.
If you have ever wondered what ever happened to that horse that provided you with some of the biggest thrills of your life--then you know that inescapable wonder.
It's all in here. Every picture and every page contains yet another one of those stories.
Standardbred Old Friends is as unique a book as the equine characters it chronicles. Historical in nature, existential in substance.
From Hall of Fame trotters to Horse of the Year pacers--dozens of them. Each with their own legacy, each with their own people that loved them. Each story more inspiring than the next. The authors visitedin Sweden and Miss Easy in Hanover. From California to Maine and from Florida to , they traveled far and wide to meet and greet horses big and small.
With such an expansive distance between these stone-dust heroes, compiling this compendium of athletes was a feat as remarkable as the authors themselves. The photographer, Barbara Livingston, is a multiple Eclipse award-winning legend who has captured some of the most iconic equine images of our generation. She partnered with Ellen Harvey, who left no stone unturned in her quest to reveal some of the most touching accounts of the bond between animal and person, as well as between two stablemates.
Together they tell the stories of 43 horses that have left the racetrack long ago, yet still have loyal fans and followers. Like the story of 25-year-old Staying Together who is living out his days at theHorse Park. Despite his blindness, the 1993 Horse of the Year continues to serve as a goodwill ambassador. The pictures are breathtaking with stories to match.
The account of Flat Foot Fluzy and her friend Keystone Wallis give credence to the notion that horses are gregarious creatures. Or the California pacers who have happily pulled a carriage after they quit pulling a sulky in the 90s. Or the New Jersey-bred colt that became a Saratoga police horse for an encore. Or the mother/daughter reunion that had an unexpected surprise.
So many great horses, and how they are surrounded by the people who love them. Some reunited, some returned home, all with dignity.
by Chris Tully for Harnesslink.com