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S: DAWN AND HER HORSES

1: DAWN AND HER HORSES

2: The first time you ever rode a pony was in 1971 in Estes Park, Colorado. Dad led you around | And I led Karen | Six Flags, 1973. Your expression says it all! "This is pure bliss!"

3: We moved into Summerhill when you were almost a year old. Behind us lived the Simpsons and their horses. We all enjoyed watching Karen and Lisa ride in the pasture. I sensed that you couldn't wait until you were old enough to ride, too!! | Karen | Lisa and Karen | Simpson's barn and pasture

4: THIS IS IT! The day you waited for: riding a horse! Afterwards you were so excited you said "Cracker was such a good boy, I kissed him!" | Karen on horseback | Karen, you on "Cracker", and Lisa | AUGUST, 1973

5: It was obvious that you loved horses! When I was in England in 1981 I saw a beautiful Beswick china horse in a department store. (Beswick is a company well known for its high quality figurines). I just couldn't resist buying it for you; I knew you would love it! You were thrilled and proudly put him on display in your room. I well remember that whenever we had a tornado warning you would grab your horse, quickly wrap him in a towel and take him with you to safety in the basement! You even took him to your dorm at SLU where he unfortunately suffered a broken ear, but glue works wonders and he was soon as good as new!

6: Some years later, I made your horse figurine into a lamp for you!

7: 1981 Saja was born at the Simpson's | June 4th, 1982. Your "big" 14th birthday present: Apache | Spring, 1983. One of the tricks you taught Apache

8: As soon as Grandma heard about Apache she started to crochet a horse blanket for her. She also sent money to buy her some carrots. You taught Apache tricks giving carrots as a reward! Apache was boarded at Simpson's and you got a job at Towne & Country stables where you diligently cleaned stalls, and fed and watered all the horses boarded there. All this, to support Apache. I was very proud of you! In the summertime you would ride your bike there before 5 a.m. when it was often still dark. Sometimes you rode Apache there before the sun came up. When school was in session, you worked at the stables after you got home. It didn't matter if it was unbearably hot or freezing cold you never faltered. All this hard work and you still made good grades in school. I was very proud when you made the Honor Roll. You showed, artistic ability, too, having a painting of a Hawaiian sunset displayed at the Queeny Park art exhibition. Apache's blanket was well under construction when you suddenly started growing taller and taller. By May, 1983 Apache was just too small for you. All by yourself, you composed an ad and put it in the

9: Post Dispatch. You had taken very good care of Apache and taught her a lot, so it was no surprise that she sold quickly. The buyers came with a horse trailer to transport her. As it disappeared down Summerhill with Apache whinnying inside, you, Karen and I couldn't help crying. I quickly called Grandma to stop her putting Apache's name on the blanket. In June you found a new horse - a three year old quarter horse / thoroughbred mix, just green broke! You paid for him yourself with the money from the sale of Apache and some of your savings! You got him on your birthday and named him A. J.! | A. J. 15.3 hands tall | You couldn't afford to board A. J. at Towne & Country stables, so he was boarded at Laurie Burton's house on Schoettler Rd, opposite Lewis' stable.

10: TOWNE & cOUNTRY sTABLES

11: Your whole life centered around horses! Mrs. Lewis of Lewis' stables took you away for a week-end, all expenses paid, so that you could groom for them at a horse show. It was hard work, but you loved it! I''m sure your efforts contributed to all of the first place awards they won! Grandma was always trying to help you and sent you a birthday card with $50.00 inside. You were elated and spent the entire amount at "The Tack Room" on things for A.. J. You were always willing to work to support A. J.. Not only did you babysit like most girls your age, and work at the stables, but you also were hired by different boarders to braid their horses' manes before a show. Sometimes you would be a jockey, riding someone else's horse in a show, and winning awards for them! You weren't supposed to enter A. J. in shows at this time as he was still young, but you managed to sneak away to a couple of shows, and won! Grandma came over for Christmas (1983) and plodded along crocheting the blanket started for Apache and now to be for A. J.. It was in two pieces that would need to be sewn together. I'm afraid I didn't get this done till the following winter!

12: I'm not sure when you moved A. J. from Laurie Burton's to Towne & Country stables, but I think it was in 1984. You were well liked by the boarders. They really appreciated your efforts on behalf of their horses. One lady bought you the saddle you wanted and let you "pay it off" by cleaning her house every other week. She said she would far sooner help you in this way than pay Molly Maids to clean. It was an expensive saddle, but you were very reliable and worked off the debt! Dad told you that he would pay for you and A. J. to have lessons! Bob made you a tack trunk , even domed the lid! Then we painted it green and white. It was terribly sad when Grandma had a stroke. I went to England in April, 1984 to see her. She adored you and was always interested in A. J.. She sent $80.00 back with me for your birthday. I put $50.00 inside a card, and bought two trailer boots for A. J. with the remainder. I bought the other two trailer boots for you (since A. J. has 4 legs) and some new riding breeches. You spent the money from Grandma on a fur lined saddle bag to protect your saddle!

13: I returned to England later that year to see Grandma. Bob had moved to Canada in 1984 so you stayed with friends. (I think the Zirkles). When I got back to St. Louis they told me how much they loved having you, and that you were like "one of the family"! They later told me how they missed you and would like to adopt you! You started to learn dressage early in 1985. Bob came from Canada whenever he could to see you perform. It was a thrilling moment when you won 2nd place in the Queeny Park Event this year, missing first place by only four tenths of a point! You were extremely responsible and when the owners of the stables or the trainer went out of town you were put in charge of the stable and the fifty horses that boarded! Soon it was time for high school graduation and to think about college. The problem was A. J.. You couldn't bear to leave him, so it was either a college in the East that boarded students and their horses, or a local school. You applied and were accepted at St. Louis University!

14: Daniel Boone Show in Feb, 1984. You won three ribbons including a 1st place with a silver plate trophy! | A. J. at Towne & Country Stables | Time for a snack!

15: DANIEL BOONE SHOW sUMMER, 1984 | You and A. J. with Hans Krause, the dressage instructor | You won Six ribbons at this show | A. J. wore the blue one!

16: Winning those six ribbons in the heat of the summer was hard, sweaty work! You can see the perspiration on A. J. in the shape of the saddle. I'll bet that hose down felt great! | AFTER THE dANIEL bOONE SHOW, sUMMER 1984

17: "Good boy, A. J.!!" | 1 9 8 4 | MANCHESTER SADDLE CLUB

18: Definitely Shawn's first ride on a horse! | "I want to pet the horsey, Mommy!"

19: One of my favorite pictures of A. J. I think it was taken at Queeny Park | After a Pony Club show at Three Creek Farm

20: This is how your bedroom looked in 1984. In 1981, Bob and I had made and stained the furniture, and I brought the wallpaper back from England

21: Wow! You won a lot of ribbons! | From your bedroom window you had a view of the pasture and horses.

22: This was the view | from your bedroom window

23: A. J. (Short for "All That Jazz")

24: I always made barbecued chicken drumsticks for you to snack on between your events. Those, along with potato chips, fresh fruit, "kit-kats" and soda kept you from getting hungry and thirsty!

25: looks like | practice time!

26: 1985 QUEENY PARK EVENT

27: YOU WON 2ND PLACE!!

28: Rooming at SLU gave you the opportunity to see A. J. several times a week. You continued to train him and in October entered the Queeny Park Event. It was VERY, VERY cold, but it didn't deter you and A. J.. Michael and I were recently married and we both stood, shivering, taking photos of you performing. Before your event you said (in a most determined voice) "I'm going to win that cooler!". Whilst most listeners thought you meant a large Thermos or Coleman container, I knew better! And win it you did! It came as part of the 1st place award! I had NEVER in my life been so proud of you as I was that day! You were photographed and interviewed by the prestigious "Chronicle of the Horse", the article appearing in the October issue. | You showed tremendous responsibility whilst you worked at the stables. Not only did you handle the routine horse care and stable maintenance activities, but you became a Junior Trainer teaching riding, and ground and mounted horse training.

29: 1986 Queeny Park Event: dressage

30: 1986 Queeny park Event | Dressage | Lunch time!

31: 1986 Queeny Park Event

32: The Cooler!

33: 1986 Queeny Park Event Victory gallop!

34: DAWN McLEAN, WINNER OF THE 1986 QUEENY PARK EVENT BEING INTERVIEWED BY "THE CHRONICLE OF THE HORSE"

35: What a perfect ending to the season! Soon the pressures of studying meant that you couldn't work at the stables as you had in the past, and sadly, after five years you had to leave. You soon got a responsible part time job at "The Tack Room". It was perfect for you, being surrounded by everything "horsey"!

36: It was getting dark, but it's the only photo I have of you and the silver plate you won at Bridlespur! | 1 9 8 8

37: 1 9 8 9 BASKIN farms

38: 1 9 8 9

39: "That was a funny one, Dawn! I can't help laughing." | 1 9 8 9

40: "I know you've got a carrot, Dawn!" | "See, I was right. Let me have it!" | "Thanks! Now let me give you a big sloppy kiss"

41: A. J. remained at Towne and Country Stables. His athletic abilities were well recognized, and one of the boarders wanted to lease him. You never received any money, as the "lease" was in the form of paying for his board. .I'm sure this helped you as it relieved your financial burden. Eventually, the people leasing him, purchased him. It was very sad to see him go, but the buyers took good care of him, their daughter rode him and entered him in many horse shows. A. J. won Missouri Horse Show Association Championship, a great honor and achievement! Kudos to you, Dawn! - It was you who trained him! After you graduated from SLU in 1990 you had difficulty finding a position in your chosen career and so you continued to work at "The Tack Room", only now full time. You also took a second job at "Imo's" pizza. Finally, a position at Boatmen's Bank was offered to you. Leaving "The Tack Room" after four years was very emotional. You were crying and the owner's son (who was your boss) was near tears as he slipped you an envelope. Inside was a card with a $100 bill and a note saying it was to buy the sunglasses you had admired for so long! You were such a dependable accomplished employee everyone liked you!

42: I was extremely happy when you became so interested in horses. I believe I have fulfilled my dreams, living them through you! You and A. J. have a very special place in my heart! And on my walls! | When I was growing up it was my dream to own a dog and a horse, but living in London in an apartment over a store made it impossible! I never got either!

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