American Icon of the Horse World- A Daughters Memories
by Jane E.B. Simmons
This book covers the early years of Arthur Simmons who is considered a legend in the American Saddle Horse industry.
Reading this book takes you through the turbulent times of the first half of the 20th Century -- the Great War, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war Good Times that rolled into the Fabulous 50s, and how a Mid-West family survived throughout it all to realize the American Dream. A story of a child's love of horses that lasted his lifetime of eight decades - a man who by the end of his life had raised the American Saddlebred Horse industry to new levels of attainment through his passion and dedication to being a successful horseman, and who was known as a living legend. Included in this historical biography are more than 700 photographs of well-known personalities, family members, and famous horses, some dating back to the 1800s, and many that have never before been seen outside of the family. Each photo is captioned. During 10 years of research, information was gathered on day-to-day life during this time in America and included into this fact-packed book.
The linage of some of your favorite horses of today are recorded in the book. Stories were found about them, as well as the horses and who foaled them, sold them, bought them ... and for how much. This book is about a unique man with a vision; a man who followed his youthful dreams within the emerging Saddlebred Horse industry of early 20th Century America.
Soft cover book, large format, over 700 photographs, 316 pages, index that list all the horses, people, horse farms and stables given in the book. copyright 2007, first printing, very good condition