Acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston will be at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. on Friday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about and sign her latest book, Standardbred Old Friends.
She will also sign at adjacent Historic Track starting at 1 p.m., when racing begins. The book, with 150 photos and stories about most of the living Hall of Fame Standardbreds over age 20, is the third in her Old Friends series of coffee table books about high profile horses, now in the twilight of their lives.
The 216 page book also includes photos and stories, by Ellen Harvey, of some hard working blue collar horses, now enjoying a new career or retirement.
Standardbred Old Friends is the culmination of a year of traveling from Sweden to southern California and Maine to Florida to capture images of the featured horses at their homes. The lush birch forest of southern Sweden surrounds Hambletonian-winning trotterat home, while blue collar ex-racehorses Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover are seen strolling through tide pools at Maine's Popham Beach State Park.
Mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie are depicted beneath the live oaks of their central Florida home. The oldest horse in the book, 37-year-old Waco Hanover, was photographed in an early winter snowfall in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains.
Livingston, who is chief photographer for the Daily Racing Form, has twice won the Eclipse Award for her Thoroughbred racing photography. Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal.
The book retails for $30. The museum is at 240 Main Street in Goshen and admission is always free. There is racing on July 4 at adjacent Historic Track at 1 p.m., adults $5 (includes program) and children under 12 are free.
Those who cannot attend the signing can purchase the book at www.harnessmuseum.com or by calling 845-294-6330.