Watch Sonora Carver in Action

I’ve written about Sonora Carver and the Steel Pier Diving Horses before (What was it like to ride a diving horse and Don’t try this at home: The diving horses of Atlantic City) but today I came across a video clip that shows Sonora Carver performing her act and includes a very brief interview with […]

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Have you seen Cavalia?

I went a few years ago and thought it was good but not great. However, the trailer for this new show looks pretty excellent. Perhaps it’s worth giving it another try. I’ve found that with the Cirque du Soleil shows that I like some a lot more than others. Have you seen any of the […]

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Can you tell that Dorothy Herbert liked to jump?

Dorothy Herbert (1910- 1994) was a circus performer. She started her career with Duffield’s performance horse troupe in AZ in 1925 but became a real star when she joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1930. When she started her career she was forbidden to trick ride because it was considered to be […]

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Don’t try this at home: Trick riding

I don’t know how you decide that you want to do this. Or, how you actually train your horse to gallop in a straight line while you practice this. Or, how many times the trick went wrong (and what happened) but this is some pretty impressive trick riding. But that’s okay. I’m happy to let […]

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Should the Diving Horses be brought back to the Jersey Shore?

UPDATE: On February 14th the owners of the Steel Pier announced they had scrapped their plans to bring back the diving horses. One of the main attractions of Atlantic City’s Steel Pier was the diving horses. From the 1920s until the 1978 (yes, 50+ years!) horses ridden by women in swim suits dove from a […]

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A day at the circus

Here are some great equestrian circus performances that you can watch from the comfort of your living room! If you enjoy them, check out the YouTube channel for this Russian circus — they have hundreds of high quality videos.

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