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  1. #1
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    Jan. 28, 2000
    Columbia, Maryland

    Default Former Debutante Makes Career Shoeing Rose Bowl Horses

    Great story!

    Photos at the link:


    PASADENA - If none of the 254 horses in the Rose Parade slips and falls on the five-mile route Jan. 1, equestrians can thank renowned farrier Ada Gates Patton.

    The New York socialite/model/dancer/actress/cook/Bob Dylan-Janis Joplin roadie became the first and only woman licensed to shoe thoroughbred racehorses in the U.S. in 1978. And, for the last decade she's been the expert who checks the 1,000 or so shod hooves that pound Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards on New Year's Day.

    "I like to say I started at the top and worked all the way to the bottom," Gates Patton joked, looking back on her trail-blazing journey.

    It took her from Foxcroft School in Virginia, via Briarcliffe and Columbia colleges, majoring in dance and English, to the Broadway stage (including "Sabrina Fair" with Candice and Edgar Bergen) en route to the stables at Santa Anita Park racetrack.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  2. #2
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    Nov. 2, 2001
    In Jingle Town


    I don't think too many can say their farrier is wearing a string of pearls and does so well!
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  3. #3
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    Feb. 16, 2003
    MI USA


    Thanks for the article. I sent the link to my daughter, the new Farrier. A good story on being persistant!

  4. #4
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    Oct. 30, 2008


    I met her at WEG!! She's a really neat lady and very patiently answered one dumb question after another for me as I was in the midst of ongoing hoof drama.
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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