My father, Wyman E. Bennett. A horseman who, 30+ years after his death, is still remembered by the Saddlebred people, and who now would be 106 years old.
He grew up riding horses, had a Plantation Walking Horse show barn, when that is what TWH were called, went and worked on King Ranch, the whys and hows of that I've never known, and wish I would have asked, and then went into training Saddlebreds. After a bad fall, where horse came down on both legs, breaking them, and he was told he would never walk again, he would sit in hot tub of water pressing down on his legs to straighten them so he could screaming from the pain. He walked, and with no limp.
He bought and started WC Mimi Genius, who was brought out under Sug Utz in the early 50's, and a few others too along that time period. He went into railroading, working up from fireman to become an Engineer, which back then? Was like an airplane pilot.
Welch Greenwell said that my dad was the best horseman he ever knew, and was including himself too.
Dale Pugh, who was one of the best Saddlebred trainers alive. Knew horses, and was something to be around.
Horses make me a better person.