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Someday Boy inspires DC riding program

“Dear Ms. Almagor,” he wrote. “Have you decided yet about putting me on the riding team?” Everyday for a week, the 7th grade student in Lelac Almagor’s English class asked a similar question, his notes to the urban, charter-school English teacher revealing a passion for horses the city kid probably never knew he had.  Certainly, kids in his neighborhood rarely went horseback riding on weekends, Almagor says. But his zeal for an imagined horse is something Almagor understood only too well. After all, just a few years earlier she had purchased her first horse. She renamed her new off-track Thoroughbred […]

Jaguar Hope brings life-changing chain reaction

Jaguar Hope looked like a cinematic star when Wendy Wooley turned him loose on the world. Regal, his black head held high, he sashayed around his new paddock with the flair of a leading man. And on a warm August day in 2007, when Wooley framed the charismatic Thoroughbred with her then-amateur photography skills, she unwittingly started something big in her life. Soon, the longtime rules expert for the United States Golf Association would find herself elbow to elbow with horserace photographers, and working assignments for leading horserace publications. What started the “chain reaction” of change in her life began […]