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The best kind of library: an afternoon with the Saddle & Bridle archives

bound volumes

Just a small part of the Saddle & Bridle library.

Two days ago Chris called me into his office with a job for me. An upcoming ad for our November issue required someone searching through our magazine archives to find old pictures of a certain horse. Since it was an equitation horse (I love equitation!) and since he knows I’ll take any excuse I can get to look through our library of bound volumes, Chris had decided to assign the task to me.

Finishing a magazine between horse shows

It has been a busy few weeks; Chris and I just returned from Wisconsin Futurity on Sunday and our “hometown” show, St. Louis National Charity, starts today, so you can imagine where we will be spending a lot of our time this week.

Here in the office, we are finally starting to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” regarding our October issue. It will be an exciting issue, packed with lots of feature stories, ads and, of course, our Louisville 2011 coverage. The pages have been numbered and our art department is working on the last handful of ads, so it shouldn’t be too long before the digital version of the magazine is available online.

Book Review: Zen Mind, Zen Horse

“Horses are like a band of legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.”

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