Mittie Dailey Rides Again at 104 Years Old

May 17th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: |

Mark Twain said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Such was the case for one particular #WARHorse who decided she wanted to ride again. Mittie Dailey, a lifelong Oklahoma resident was 109 years old when she passed away in 2016.  Born in 1906, she was believed [...]

Birthday Magic

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Today is someone’s birthday and it’s a very special birthday indeed. Today (June 15, 2016) Magic turns 47 years old making her the oldest living Arabian. What’s the secret to Magic’s longevity? Good genes certainly, Magic’s mother lived to be 44. The rest may be attributed to simple diet and regular exercise. Magic lives near Phoenix, [...]

How Old is Too Old to Win the Kentucky Derby?

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

On May 3, 1986, 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, aboard 18/1 shot Ferdinand, won the Kentucky Derby. Before he rode Ferdinand in the Kentucky Derby in 1986, he pondered his age and decided, "If Jack Nicklaus can win the Masters at 46, I can win the Kentucky Derby at 54." He did, becoming the oldest jockey to capture [...]

America’s Oldest Cowgirl

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

When Connie Reeves was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2002, she didn’t think she was deserving. But after some consideration and persuasion, she agreed that she probably knew a lot and had certainly done a lot to qualify for this honor. Connie Reeves was 85 at the time. Born in 1901 on [...]

Brit Equestrian Holds Olympic Record

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

I can’t wait for the Rio Olympics to being! The Olympics are a terrific venue of sportsmanship and competition. I am equally interested in past Olympics and their historical footnotes. For instance, did you know the oldest Olympic competitor EVER was a woman AND an equestrian? Hilda Lorna Johnstone was raised around horses and foxhunting. She [...]