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Windfields memories …

Most weeks I post a ‘Dancer of the week on the “Northern Dancer: legend and legacy” Facebook site.  This past week I was drawn to the mare You’resothrilling via her offspring, a filly named Happily.  It wasn’t long before I … Continue reading

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Windfields Farm .. memories

Beyond riding around the estate and surrounding area with Eddie Taylor, some of my most favourite Windfields memories were the times I spent with his wife, Winnifred.  She was charming, intelligent, gracious, all the while blessed with a wicked sense … Continue reading

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more memories of Windfields

The unprecedented success of Windfields Farm was due to a number of factors, not the least of which was Eddie Taylor’s great passion for horses.  His determination to provide his horses the very best of everything included hiring the very … Continue reading

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horses, heroics and memories of Windfields

As rider-in-residence on the Windfields estate, my main responsibility was keeping the riding horses schooled and to accompany Eddie Taylor whenever he wished  to go for a good gallop. In the early days of Windfields, he rode almost daily.  Often … Continue reading

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memories of Windfields

Windfields Farm was not only home to equine royalty, but, on occasion, members of the Royal Family.   The most memorable Royal visit, for me at least, was HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.  Among her staff was the Queen’s Piper … Continue reading

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horses, heroics and memories of Windfields part 6

Back when Val d’Argent became a permanent fixture in our lives I was writing for Gallop, the popular weekly Japanese horse racing and breeding magazine with a million-plus readers.  My series, titled Supreme, focused on stories of prominent racehorses and … Continue reading

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horses, heroics and memories of Windfields part 5

How is it that in 2017 Northern Dancer appears in the family tree of every Thoroughbred in the winners’ circle of the world’s most important horse races? One reason relates to a preponderance of nervous energy.  A small horse with … Continue reading

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horses, heroics, and memories of Windfields part 2

In the early stages of writing Northern Dancer: the legend and his legacy I had the good fortune to receive advice from Jenny Dereham, the highly-respected British editor.  At the helm of Michael Joseph publishers, Dereham’s most renowned client was … Continue reading

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horses, heroics and memories of Windfields

Someone once told me that certain horses possess the power to instantly captivate us.  Like falling in love.  We are smitten.  I know Winnie Taylor would agree.  Wife of Eddie (EP) Taylor, master of the magnificent Windfields Farm, Winnie was … Continue reading

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Irish War Cry

Will Irish War Cry win the Belmont tomorrow?  He certainly has the credentials.  Genetically he is a powerhouse.  Researching my new book, Rivers of Gold, I discovered today’s champion Thoroughbreds, the world over, will find their ancestors in 4 distinct … Continue reading

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