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Here you will find reviews of, selections from, and commentaries concerning books, many of which don't even appear on Amazon's radar. But what goldmines for the literate foxhunter!

Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses

cadence-of-hoovesIf you like poetry and if you like horses, here is a big anthology of perhaps 300 poems by more than 170 leading contemporary poets. The collection was selected and edited by Suzan Jantz, editor of the Yarroway Mountain Press, www.yarrowaymountainpress.com. The California State University Research and Creativity Foundation provided a grant for the project.

Cadence of Hooves contains a broad range of horse-centered poems by horse lovers from every discipline. With permission, from time to time FHL will bring you selections from this lovely book. For the first such offering, here is a favorite of mine by 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor.

Antithesis

thumb_AntithesisBookOneCvrElliott is a nice girl from a proper Southern family and, so far, has only been interested in horses...until she sees Griffen – an electrifying horseman who stops her heart at a foxhunt. But will his fear of reliving a dark past be strong enough to keep him away from her? Does she even want to be protected from who he is likely to be?

Recommended for young adult foxhunters!

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A Bright Hunting Morn: The 125th Anniversary of Radnor Hunt

Bright Hunting Morn: The 125th Anniversary of Radnor Hunt, The Derrydale Press, 2008, 357 pages, four-color, 10-1/4 x 14 inches (large format), glossy, ISBN 1-58667-111-1

Reviews:
"...beautiful tome, written and crafted with great attention to detail....wonderful vintage photographs and gorgeous artwork....magnificent." (Covertside, Spring 2009)

BrightHuntingMorncoverThis article from The Philadelphia Inquirer on November 29, 1889 was reproduced in Bright Hunting Morn: The 125th Anniversary of Radnor Hunt by Collin F. Mc Neill. The merits of the English and the American hounds were being argued by their respective proponents even then!

 

Huntsmen of Our Time

Excerpts from Huntsmen of Our Time by Kenneth Ligertwood, Pelham Books, London, 1968 (Out of print, but used copies are available on the Internet)

This book, containing a collection of articles first published in Horse and Hound (UK), was brought to my attention by Dennis Downing, huntsman at the Blue Ridge Hunt (VA). Each story—forty-five in all—profile an outstanding English huntsman of the author’s time. Here are short excepts from three of the stories to give you a flavor of this delightful book.