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Rivers of Gold: the launch

How exciting to launch Rivers of Gold at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this Sunday amid all the installations celebrating Canada’s remarkable horses and their humans… and on Canadian International day. Writing Rivers of Gold was incredibly challenging.  … Continue reading

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the Eddie Taylor approach

One of the many things Eddie Taylor taught me was when you set out on any sort of enterprise, everything will invariably take longer, cost more, and be more frustrating than you imagined. My latest book, Rivers of Gold, is … Continue reading

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what would Eddie Taylor do?

Often when mired in indecision I ask myself “what would Eddie Taylor do?”  And am immediately rewarded with memories of the man’s eternal and cheerful optimism. When he set out to breed great horses in Canada his Kentucky friends, to … Continue reading

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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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