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Sue Sally Hale couldn't play professional polo, women weren't allowed. So she disguised herself as a man and played for 20 years. In 1972 she was the first woman given membership to the United States Polo Association. She continued to play polo well into her 60's!
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Have you ever heard of Dorothy Brooks? She was one remarkable woman!
After WW1 there were thousands of horses that survived military service for Britain. Quarantine restrictions prevented the horses from being shipped back home. Most were destroyed but over 20,000 were sold for next to nothing. Many ended up in the Sinai laboring unimaginable challenges and improperly cared for. In her late 40's Dorothy and her military husband moved to Cairo. Dorothy couldn't stand the sight of the emaciated, former military horses working under duress. So she started buying them. In a four year period she bought back over 5000 former military horses and mules. Many were so ill, she fed, sheltered and groomed them allowing them a few days of comfort and pleasant human contact, then she put them down. Dorothy worked all her life rescuing horses in difficult circumstances. The kindess she exhibited toward the most pitiful equines can not be explained by words. Today her foundation continues to aid equines around the world.
www.thebrooke.org
The photos are of Dorothy feeding a recovered military horse. And a photo of "Old Bill" the first horse Dorothy purchased in Cairo 1931.
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Jenny Vidbel is a third-generation circus performer and animal trainer on tour with the Big Apple Circus. Her passion and love of horses is evident in candid photos like this shared on FB. Jenny is a great example of a WARHorse - a woman who has found a way to channel her enthusiasm, love and understanding of horses into inspiring performances, awing audiences around the world! Thank you Jenny!
http://www.bigapplecircus.org/
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RIDING RULES for Old Horse Women:

1. We DO NOT need to show up with our hair combed, make up on and wearing a clean shirt.

2. Moaning, groaning and complaining about aching muscles is perfectly acceptable, as is taking Motrin (or something stronger) prior to a ride.

3. Helping someone on or off the horse does not mean the rider is an invalid. It only means the horse got taller overnight.

4. Everyone will wait, patiently, while someone tacks...no matter how long that takes.

5. Mentioning it is too hot, too dry, too humid, too wet, too buggy, etc., is considered self expression, not whining.

6. Wanting to be first, last, walk, or just stop does not mean the rider is a wimp. Sometimes it is necessary to teach a horse who is in charge.

7. We will take the time to discuss the important issues of the day like who is dating who, who is cheating on who and any other relevant information which needs to be passed on.

8. We will acknowledge that horses are very strange animals and sometimes for no reason at all we fall off of them. If this happens to any rider the other riders will ascertain that the person is okay and then not mention the incident to another living soul, especially husbands and significant others.
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