Sometimes the greatest thing we find in a long journey is ourselves.
We welcomed Elisabeth Letts who has written the grand story of the transcontinental journey of Mesannie Wilkins from Maine to California on horseback, alone, in the mid-1950s. Her book is called "The Ride of Her Life."
Annie makes a guest appearance on "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlKWjmaerjY
As a rider in my sixties, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself, raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride in her nineties. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca Susan Jamieson
By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug’s father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.
The By The Love Of Horses Radio Show team is excited to extend a warm welcome to horsewoman Rebecca Bright to our team of Producers. Among many other things, Rebecca is an eternal optimist and firm believer in the good that can happen by the love of horses. She is also an explorer with an adventurous spirit. Rebecca is based in the United States and holds a BSc in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an accomplished educator, who loves to inspire others with her infectious spirit, her love of life and love of the wildness and freedom of the out of doors.
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Listen to the Podcasts of previous shows: https://www.zoomerradio.ca/podcasts/by-the-love-of-horses/