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Dec. 5, 2009, 10:34 PM
Another thread here jogged my memory and this name popped up. I was a horse-crazy kid in 1960's Texas. She was evidently a highly-regarded rider. At the conclusion of an event at (I recall) Twenty-Mile Farm, she graciously allowed me to ride her lovely horse. Probably to shut my mother up. Long story, embarrassing day for me. Mother was being a pest.
Twenty-Mile Farm was just down the road a bit from Walter Strauss's place, Three Day Farm.
Does anyone remember Helen Ingmire? She made an awful day in my childhood memorable for her kindness.
Dec. 6, 2009, 05:54 PM
Haven't heard that name in forever, but yes I knew her. The last time I saw her was almost 20yrs ago! She had a horse at Mike Huber's that I tried. That was when Mike was at Dan Matese's place. She was a "tough 'ol broad" but well liked by everyone.
Dec. 6, 2009, 09:46 PM
So she evented, right? I think the competition where I met her and got to ride her horse may have been a combined event, or maybe a H/J show, maybe both. I was young, and that day I was frightened and worried, (Not going there!) so my memory of the exact nature of the competition is long gone.
Those were different days! I was wearing jodhpurs, penny loafers, and probably had to borrow a helmet from somebody, IF I wore one at all. Helen put me on this lovely horse, and I rode it over some fences after the show, in the stadium arena. The horse was automatic, a saint, made me look like I knew what I was doing (!) and best of all, for a few moments, I was happy, free of worry and fear.
Fort Worth is my hometown. I haven't been back in ages. Bet I wouldn't know my way around any more!
Dec. 7, 2009, 05:13 PM
I knew Helen in her later years. What an interesting woman. She kept eventing until someone could talk her out of it, then she remained an avid supporter. I rode a horse of hers at an event or two back in 1996 and she and Mike Huber remained close until she passed away. I remember hearing stories of how he had to bring oxygen to the start box of Cedarwood, so she could go XC. My how times have changed. A tough, wonderful woman
Dec. 7, 2009, 05:41 PM
Thank you for posting, Toadie's mom and grsywinskia.
I figured she had to have passed away by now. To me, she looked "old" in the '60's, but heck, I was a kid and everyone looked older than me!
Wish I'd gotten to know her better. Sounds like she was an amazing woman!