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carla hawkiinson.41Carla Hawkinson, MFH with her soulmate, Forty-One, her inspiration for the poem / Joy Bragg This poem was first published in the Summer 2008 issue of Covertside when I was editor of that magazine. It was re-published in 2013 (the year the old horse passed away) in Foxhunting Life. It’s time for a reprise, if only to remind our readers that there are some excellent contemporary sporting poets still among us, though precious few.

The horse, Forty-One, died at age twenty-seven. He hunted the better part of nineteen seasons for the author, who was MFH of the Tennessee Valley Hunt.

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# Emily McHugh 2020-08-13 11:21
So beautiful and so true of all our "soulmate" horses!
Thanks for re-posting!
# richard power 2020-08-13 15:12
handsome and I have been hunting together for twelve seasons. I gave up first! we still ride the farm and recall great days..... a gentle canter and an odd pop... oh happy memories
# Gary Wilkes 2020-08-13 17:49
Beautiful !!
# Jan Herrick 2020-08-14 12:52
Loved the photo of Carla Hawkinson and Forty-One. The poem always makes me tear up thinking of the bygone hunt horses that I hope will meet me at the gate.
# Judith Wilson 2020-08-18 16:26
Oh, Carla, how I love this poem!! Thank you for sharing it again! Miss you, my friend!
# georgia van fossen 2020-09-17 19:50
Always tearful but true! Love it!

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