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By Susan Salk on June 29, 2012
Every morning the youngster sprang from bed, exhilarated. Hers was only a little “job” granted by a kindly neighbor who doubtlessly wanted to allow the horse-loving girl a glimpse of his temptingly beautiful herd of racehorses. But it was an awesome responsibility for a 10-year-old. “It was my job to look after the horses,” recalls Patti Shirley, vice president of the Pima County Horseman’s Association. Her work, essentially, was to guard them. She walked the fields to make sure the horses were all fine—that nobody had hurt themselves in a fluke accident— and she kept an eye out for trespassers. […]