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JUMPING to Conclusions

A GAMBLER’S CHOICE PAYS OFF WITH THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME.

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And yet it’s so easy to be dazzled by a glossy coat, white stockings or a noble-looking head. Over the years, however, I’ve learned not to value a horse based solely on size or conformation, but more according to its heart and spirit. One of my early experiences with this truth started with a leap of faith in the jumper ring.

STAR-CROSSED

When I was an energetic teenager, I exercised horses for a local trainer in exchange for riding lessons. These were valuable show horses that I could only dream of owning myself. Early one June, however, I was informed that my sole assignment for the entire summer was to ride and care for a little mare named Star. I was less than thrilled.

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