by Doris Degner-Foster Recent articles I’ve written have been while dealing with various bizarre situations that came up at the worst of times. A Shaky Start The article in the July issue about Beezie Madden might not have even happened. I met her just after I arrived at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center and was impressed to the point of open-mouthed gazing at my surroundings
It was such fun to do my research before interviewing Laura Kraut. I read an article where her mom spoke of how Laura and her sister Katherine had fun showing their horses at the Tryon, North Carolina show, then took them swimming in the creek near the show barns. Even at a big show, having fun played a predominate role and it continues for the sisters to this day
I was a little nervous, well, maybe more than a little nervous, to interview Priscilla Presley, but her unassuming air quickly put my concerns to rest and we were soon chatting comfortably.
I remember in the 1980′s (yes, I’m giving away my age…) when my friends and I watched Kim during the retirement ceremony of her horse, The Gray Goose at the Kentucky Horse Park. There was a jump course set up for them so that Gray could do his final public performance. I looked over the course and very carefully focussed the long lens of my camera (you HAD to carefully focus in those days before digital cameras – you had a limited number of pictures you could take with a roll of film) on an impressive oxer that surely they would jump, and they would be coming right toward me so it should be an impressive photo
Not only is Ian Millar a legendary Canadian Grand Prix rider and ten time Olympian, he is a member of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award given by the Canadian government, and has been inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Veterinary College
We know each other, even if not by name, we’re in the same club. We’re the ones in the stands who are taking photos or videotaping a horse and rider while they are jumping a course.
Interviewing the legendary George Morris was on my bucket list, but when faced with that opportunity, it was daunting to say the least. I mean, we’re talking George Morris! His name alone strikes fear in the heart of the modern English rider. As most anyone knows, he has a long list of accomplishments from winning the MacClay at fourteen years old to Olympic medals