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The rescue of the last diving horse in America and the inspiring story of how horse and animal rescuer were each profoundly transformed by the other—from the award-winning animal rescuer of retired racing greyhounds and author of the best ...

Author: Cynthia A. Branigan

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9781101871966

Category: Pets

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The rescue of the last diving horse in America and the inspiring story of how horse and animal rescuer were each profoundly transformed by the other—from the award-winning animal rescuer of retired racing greyhounds and author of the best-selling Adopting the Racing Greyhound It was the signature of Atlantic City’s Steel Pier in the golden age of “America’s Favorite Playground”: Doc Carver’s High Diving Horses. Beginning in 1929, four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse wearing only a harness ran up a ramp, a diving girl in a bathing suit and helmet jumped onto its mighty bare back, and together they sailed forty feet through the air, plung­ing, to thunderous applause, into a ten-foot-deep tank of water. Decades later, after cries of animal abuse and chang­ing times, the act was shuttered, and in May 1980, the last Atlantic City Steel Pier diving horse was placed on the auction block in Indian Mills, New Jersey. The au­thor, who had seen the act as a child and had been haunted by it, was now working with Cleveland Amory, the founding father of the modern animal protection movement, and she was, at the last minute, sent on a rescue mission: bidding for the horse everyone had come to buy, some for the slaughterhouse (they dropped out when the bidding exceeded his weight). The author’s winning bid: $2,600—and Gamal, gleaming-coated, majestic, commanding, was hers; she who knew almost nothing about horses was now the owner of the last div­ing horse in America. Cynthia Branigan tells the magical, transformative story of how horse and new owner (who is trying to sort out her own life, feeling somewhat lost herself and in need of rescuing) come to know each other, educate each other, and teach each other important lessons of living and loving. She writes of providing a new home for Gamal, a farm with plentiful fields of rich, grazing pasture; of how Gamal, at age twenty-six, blossoms in his new circumstances; and of the special bond that slowly grows and deepens between them, as Gamal tests the author and grows to trust her, and as she grows to rely upon him as friend, confidant, teacher. She writes of her search for Gamal’s past: moved from barn to barn, from barrel racer to rodeo horse, and ending up on the Steel Pier; how his resilience and dig­nity throughout those years give deep meaning to his life; and how in understanding this, the author is freed from her own past, which had been filled with doubts and fears and darkness. Branigan writes of the history of diving horses and of how rescuing and caring for Gamal led to her saving other animals—burros, llamas, and goats—first as company for Gamal and then finding homes for them all; and, finally, saving a ten-year-old retired greyhound called King—despondent, nearly broken in spirit—who, running free in the fields with Gamal, comes back to his happy self and opens up for the author a whole new surprising but purposeful world. A captivating tale of the power of animals and the love that can heal the heart and restore the soul.
2021-10-19 By Cynthia A. Branigan

... gambling in other parts of the country —from Louisiana, from Connecticut, and especially from Native American casinos. ... But the diving horse act—that is, a horse diving off the pier into the ocean—is what the Steel Pier's fame, ...

Author: Jason Wilson

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780358094234


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The year's best travel writing, as chosen by series editor Jason Wilson and guest editor Alexandra Fuller.
2019-10 By Jason Wilson

back to San Francisco and was soon thrilling American audiences with it from coast to coast . It was like nothing anyone had ... It was while he was appearing in The Scout that he first happened on the idea of teaching horses to dive .

Author: Sonora Carver

Publisher: Martino Publishing

ISBN: 1578987326

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Originally published: Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961.
2009 By Sonora Carver

Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America Bryant Simon, Professor of History and American Studies Bryant Simon. 40. 41. 42. ... Quotes from Linda Oatman High and Ted Lewin, The Girl on the High Diving Horse (New York: Philomel, 2003).

Author: Bryant Simon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195167535

Category: History

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'Boardwalk of Dreams' traces the transformation of public space in Atlantic City during the 20th century, addressing the themes of tourism, racial identity, class mobility, urban renewal, and the various roles of vacationers, residents and business figures in shaping this urban landscape.
2004-07-29 By Bryant Simon

ANOTHER FINE FRENCH'S PET PRODUCT HATING AMERICA Sirs: Permit me, a journalist who served the American press for 23 years in ... thinking that it was a joke A GIRL RIDER FOR HIGH DIVING HORSE A full season's work starting immediately, ...





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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
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Author: Patsey Gray

Publisher: Hassell Street Press

ISBN: 1013993187


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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
2021-09-09 By Patsey Gray

The use of this city is somewhat surprising, given its popular past image as one of America's great city playgrounds. ... It was the home of a famed boardwalk, the Steel Pier's diving horse, and the Miss America Pageant; and its street ...

Author: Mark Hutter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429561184

Category: Social Science

Page: 640

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The fourth edition of Mark Hutter’s Experiencing Cities examines cities and larger metropolitan areas within a truly global framework, lending readers much to understand and appreciate about the variety of urban structures and processes and their effect on the everyday lives of people residing in cities. Beginning with the emergence of the first urban centers and continuing to examine the present-day and the future of smart cities, this book explores the changing cultural and domestic character of the metropolis and offers readers a complete historical and theoretical overview of municipal life. The new edition seamlessly integrates issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class in its examination of city and suburban life, and further extends the Chicago School of Sociology perspective by combining its traditions with a distinct social psychological orientation derived from symbolic interaction and macro-level examination of social organization, social change, and power in the urban context. With this strong and sweeping interdisciplinary approach, the new edition of Experiencing Cities will continue to enrich students’ understandings of urban life and offer new, forward-looking perspective to those working in the fields of urban sociology, history, politics, geography, and the arts. .
2020-10-22 By Mark Hutter

A Library of America Special Publication Red Smith Daniel Okrent ... They had neither won nor lost the championship, but they had qualified handsomely for offseason employment— substituting for the diving horse in Atlantic City.

Author: Red Smith

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598532760

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith was the most widely read sportswriter of the last century and the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. From the 1940s to the 1980s, his nationally syndicated columns for the New York Herald Tribune and later for The New York Times traversed the world of sports with literary panache and wry humor. “I’ve always had the notion,” Smith once said, “that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again.” Now, writer and editor (and inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball) Daniel Okrent presents the best of Smith’s inimitable columns—miniature masterpieces that remain the gold standard in sportswriting. Here are Smith’s indelible profiles of sports luminaries, which show his gift for distilling a career’s essence in a single column. Unforgettable accounts of historic occasions—Bobby Thompson’s Shot Heard ’Round the World, Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the first Ali-Frazier fight—are joined by more offbeat stories that display Smith’s unmistakable wit, intelligence, and breadth of feeling. Here, too, are more personal glimpses into Smith’s life and work, revealed in stories about his lifelong passion for fishing and in “My Press-Box Memoirs,” a 1975 reminiscence for Esquire collected here for the first time. A Special Publication of The Library of America.
2013-05-16 By Red Smith

TORONTO, BOSTON SEE HAMID-MORTON Diving Horse Makes First Indoor Appearance at Maple Leaf Gorden TORONTO — Hamid - Morton Circus completed its one • week stand at Maple Leaf Garden last week and moved to Boston Garden for a ...





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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.
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Working together , the two men elevated Steel Pier to one of America's great attractions . ... Part of the Water Circus , the Diving Horse act consisted of a rider guiding a horse to the top of a 45 - foot platform , from which the ...

Author: Jim Futrell

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811729737

Category: History

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2004-04 By Jim Futrell