Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
England’s past has been borne on his back. All our history is his industry; we are his heirs, he our inheritance.
~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954
It is memorable for me because it was always read out at the closing ceremony on Sunday Gala Night at the Horse of the Year Show... still is, probably. I used to watch HOYS on telly every year and when this poem was read out and the camera panned round the equine stars and their riders in the main arena it never failed to bring a tear to my eye.
I live in Chantilly, VA but I ride in Anytown, USA
I can't find it now, but probably the one where he says something to the effect of riding not being like a deck of cards that you can simply pick up and play from time to time - you have to do it all the time to be good at it.
When people at my office see me leaving to go ride, I swear I know they think I'm just going out to meander down some trail (which I do enjoy by the way). It doesn't dawn on them that you are actually training towards a goal. They don't realize that you actually have to keep at it up there to be decently functional on a horse's back. When I told someone at work that they said, "Really?" in such disbelief.
"If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me
I can't find it now, but probably the one where he says something to the effect of riding not being like a deck of cards that you can simply pick up and play from time to time - you have to do it all the time to be good at it.…
"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion."