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Elmo and Nancy in Showmanship class

Her horses, joyous life—it wasn’t handed to her

There was never a horse in a big red bow waiting for Nancy Richards when she was a kid. Though she pined, like so many little girls her age, for a gallant steed like the one who pranced across the pages of The Black Stallion, her parents were unmoved by her impassioned pleas. From the get-go, they made it clear. If she wanted a horse, she had to earn the money to pay for it. “Growing up, I don’t think many people understood how much I wanted horses in my life,” says Richards, now 26. “But I knew what I […]