Dulany's Friday Finds

One of our library volunteers, Dulany Noble, stops by every Friday and goes through our vast archives in search of rare treasures. Some of her more unique finds are featured here!

November 17, 2023

Elkridge Harford Hunt Club.
Cover of Maryland Horse, December 1972.


Charles Reeves and Mary Typings at Elkridge Harford, 1980.
Published in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, December 2016.
The 1979 Blessing of the Hounds at St. John’s Church.
Fife Symington and Sheila Jackson at St. John’s Church in Glyndon.
Cover of Maryland Horse, November 1966.
Les Grimes, huntsman for the Greenspring Valley Hounds. No date.
Howard County Hounds coming down the lane at Doughregan Manor at the Blessing of the Hounds.
Cover of Maryland Horse, December 1970.
Blessing of the Howard County Hounds at Doughregan Manor. No date.
Potomac Hounds, December 1974.
Ray Little on Jennifer the mule with Austin Kiplinger. Potomac Hunt Blessing of the Hounds, November 1973.

December 1, 2023

The cover of the 2000 book Great Horse Racing Mysteries, by John McEvoy

The great Australian racehorse Phar Lap died of colic under mysterious circumstances just after his North American debut in the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap. The Phar Lap biography, by Geoff Armstrong, is also here at the Library.

William Woodward, the owner of Belair Stud Farm in Collington, was shot and killed by his wife, Ann, in 1955. It was said that William’s mother never approved of her son’s choice for a wife. Ann said she thought he was a burglar.

The Aga Khan’s 1981 Epsom Derby winner Shergar was kidnapped in 1983 and used in extortion attempt.

Ron Hansen, the controversial Northern California jockey, was found dead near the San Mateo Bridge in 1993. The question: Did he jump off the bridge or was he pushed?

December 8, 2023

The Horse by Joanne Bollenbacher, published by Ariel Books in 1996. This tiny book measures just 1 3/4″ x 2″!

A tiny treasure from The Horse.

Raoul Dufy, an untrained artist, created these beautiful watercolors in this small volume, published in 1957.

All hunting sports are represented in this promotional book, published in 1991 by Abercrombie & Fitch.

Selected pages from The Pleasures of Country Sports.

A Rider’s Diary by Nina Duran, published in 1987 by Prentice Hall Press.

Scenes from A Rider’s Diary. 

Thoroughbred Legends: Go for Wand by Bill Heller, published by Eclipse Press in 2000. Go For Wand won the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly in 1989 and champion 3-year-old filly in 1990.

The inside of the book, signed by Heller, trainer Billy Badgett, and jockey Randy Romero.

December 15, 2023

The cover of John C. Schmidt’s 1989 book Win Place Show: A Biography of Harry Strauss, the Man Who Gave America the Tote.

Before the invention of the tote, “Iron Men,” slow and prone to errors, updated the odds and calculated payoffs.

350 miles of wire were needed to connect the mutuel boards with the infield tote.

Straus with his colt New Moon following his victory in the Baltimore Spring Handicap at Pimlico, May 1, 1944.

This portrait of Straus, with cigarette in hand, hangs in the Maryland Historical Society.

Drawing of Straus by Priscilla Menzies

Left to right: Maryland Horse Breeders Association president John Pons, jockey Carson Kirk, Straus

Straus founded the Carrollton Hounds in 1937 and served as master until his passing.

A few months before his death in a plane crash in 1949, Straus purchased Leyland in Worthington Valley from Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt.

December 22, 2023

The cover of Black, Bay and Chestnut: Profiles of Twenty Favorite Horses by C.W. Anderson, published in 1939.

The legendary Man O’War, who counted the 1920 Preakness Stakes and 1920 Potomac Handicap at Havre de Grace among his 20 career victories.

The great sprinter Chase Me, bred and trained by Elizabeth Cromwell Bosley. Her daughter, Sara Secor, was instrumental in his development and went on to become Master of Foxhounds at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club.

Bought by the Army for $180, Ugly went on to compete for the International Military Trophy at Madison Square Garden. He cleared 30 jumps without ticking a fence and won $150,000.

Moifaa, champion steeplechaser in New Zealand in 1902 and 1903, was shipped to England for the 1904 Grand National in Aintree. The story goes that his ship was sunk and all passengers and crew were lost in a storm. Later, fishermen found him on a deserted island. He resumed his trip and won the race at a canter.

Battleship, a son of Man O’War, became the first American horse to win the English Grand National in 1938. He’s the only horse to date to win both the American and English Grand Nationals.

The great Seabiscuit. He won four times in Maryland, including the famed 1938 match race with War Admiral at Pimlico.

January 5, 2024

One of 500 copies of The History of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, written by Margaret Worrall and published in 1992.


The My Lady’s Manor Races from 2009, written by Margaret Worrall.

The Grand National Steeplechase, 1898-1998, by Margaret Worrall.

100 Runnings of the Maryland Hunt Cup by Margaret Worrall, limited to 500 copies and published in 1997.

Margaret Worrall’s The Maryland Hunt Cup: Celebrating 125 Years, published in 2014 and limited to 500 copies.


January 12, 2024

The inside cover of Horse Show by C.W. Anderson, published in 1951 and located in the children’s section of the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center.

“Upon entering the arena the rider must immediately, and without loss of forward movement, proceed to the first jump.”


“Confirmation class as it looks to the exhibitor.”

“The ‘Now I lay me down to sleep’ seat.”

“For Sale- Thoroughbred mare. Has been hunted in snaffle by lady.”


“A team shall consist of three horses following each other at a safe hunting distance.”


“Musical chairs.”



“Make your horse feel like a partner who shares your adventures.”








“The ‘Forward Forward’ seat.”

“Romance at the horse shows.”



January 26, 2024

Current issues of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine are on display at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center!

Lambert Boyce riding in hunter trials at McDonogh School in uniform, from the February 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.


The first page of the first issue of Maryland Horse, published in July 1936.

Native Dancer, the most influential stallion of the 20th century, on the cover of the February 1959 issue.

Oldfields School riding department from the January 1949 issue.

One of Nancy Boyce’s many drawings which appear in countless Maryland Horse magazines, December 1959.

Smoky Joe, the number one pony in Maryland for over a decade, as well as nationally owned by Mrs. W. Graham Boyce of Bacon Hall Farm, from the January 1959 issue.

The newly combined Fox Chaser New Market Hounds, with masters Jean DuPont McConnell and Gilmore Flautt and huntsman Vernon Watson, on the cover of the December 1972 issue.

Sagamore Farm stallion ad from the January 1937 issue.





February 2, 2024

Streett Moore, now director of the the equestrian program at McDonough School, shows off after winning the Small Working Hunter Pony reserve at the Maryland State Fair Pony Show, August 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.

Claire Wood and Christie Clagett at the Maryland State Fair Pony Show, August 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.



















A profile of Vordemberge & Sons harness store in Baltimore, March 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.




The cover of the October 1968 Maryland Horse, featuring Ann Merryman at the Maryland State Fair Thoroughbred show.

Harry Love with his filly, by Swaps out of Skeet Willow, named grand champion of the Maryland State Fair Thoroughbred show.




Jill Slater (later Jill Fanning), master of the Essex Hunt Club in New Jersey, in the February 1968 issue of Maryland Horse. Jill went on to win four Maryland Hunt Cups as a trainer (1980, 1981, 1983, 1988).






Eleanor and John Schapiro on horseback with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club, February 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.





Steward Fred Colwill and jockeys George Cusimano and Antonio Garramone, March 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.








Elkridge-Harford Hunter Trials, November 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.








Summer National Parks Celebration at the Washington Monument, October 1968 issue of Maryland Horse.

February 9, 2024

Riding’s a Joy, by Joy Slater with Steven D. Price, published in 1982. Slater became the first woman to ride a Maryland Hunt Cup winner, guiding home Cancottage in 1980.





Great Women in the Sport of Kings, published in 1999.


Riding for My Life, written by legendary jockey Julie Krone and published in 1995. In 2000, Krone became the first female rider to be inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.









Diane Crump: a Horse Racing Pioneer’s Life in the Saddle,
written by Mark Shrager and published in 2020. She became the first woman to ride in a pari-mutuel race in 1969 at Hialeah Park in Florida.




February 16, 2024

Longtime Maryland trainer Hank Allen was profiled numerous times in Maryland Horse. Allen, the brother of MLB star Dick Allen and an ex-ballplayer himself, won 286 races in his career, with purse earnings of $3,641,407.

Allen with stable star Northern Wolf in the December 1988 Maryland Horse. Northern Wolf finished sixth in the 1989 Kentucky Derby and won the inaugural Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash in 1990.








Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop Had a Way With Horses, by Vicky Moon and published in 2021. A copy signed by Moon is held at the Maryland Horse Library. In 1954, Bishop became the first licensed Black female trainer in the country, and went on to train horses until 2000.









Two of Sylvia’s winners as an owner: at Cumberland in Maryland in 1951 and at Charles Town in West Virginia in 1958.





February 23, 2024

Racing in Art, compiled by John Fairley and published in 1990 by Rizzoli.

A pair of scenes from Racing in Art: At the Races by Edouard Monet and Jockeys in the Rain by Edward Degas.





The large pony jumper award winners at the 1964 Gittings Awards, from the December 1964 Maryland Horse. Left to right: Daria Ortynsky, Ira Zimmerman, Cathy Dowd, Butch Gardener, Tim Lawrence and Elizabeth Brinkley.





An etching of the Philpot House, home of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, in Colonial and Historic Homes of Maryland: One Hundred Etchings by Don Swann, originally published in 1939.




The cover of the December 1964 Maryland Horse, depicting the Elkridge-Harford Hounds at St. James.


George Stubbs 1724-1806, published by the Tate Gallery in 1984. This is one of several books in the library depicting the work of Stubbs, a legendary English equine painter.


A Couple of Foxhounds, painted by Stubbs in 1742.


Outrider Reds Howell chases after a loose horse at Bel Air in the January 1962 Maryland Horse.

A young King Leatherbury in the May 1961 Maryland Horse. Leatherbury went on to win over 6,500 races, including at least one each year from 1959 to 2022. He was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.


March 8, 2024


Kathy Kusner, the first woman to ride on the United States Equestrian Team, first licensed female jockey, accomplished in the show ring, course designer, TV commentator, and more. In 2014, she founded Horses in the Hood and brought over 900 children and adults to horse camps.


Elizabeth Solter, brilliant show horse rider and trainer, as photographed in 1996 by Neena Ewing.



Veteran Maryland rider Forest Boyce as profiled in the November 2010 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.





Liz McKnight on Red Invader at the Howard County Cup in 1983. Liz has worn many hats, an avid foxhunter, steeplechase rider, Master of Foxhounds at Elkridge Harford Hunt Club, board of directors of the Masters of Foxhounds and the Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation and joint master of Monkton Hall Bassets.

Sheila Jackson, former Master of Foxhounds at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club, as photographed by Skip Ball in 1968.


Jockey Sanna Neilson and trainer Ann Fenwick teamed up to win the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1993. Photo Douglas Lees.




March 15, 2024

A very wet but happy Cappy Jackson after winning the Sheridan Memorial at the Green Spring Point to Point on her horse, Expresso, with her mom Sheila Jackson acting as Cappy’s valet, in the April 1974
Maryland Horse.

Sallie Robertson, then-owner of Ship’s Quarters, at the 1975 Combined Training Trial. Competitors included Michael Plumb, Bruce Davison, Tad Coffin and Jimmy Woffard.

Racing Women of New Zealand, written by Mary Mountier and published in 1993 by Daphne Brasell Associates Press.

Leith Symington Griswold on the cover of the May 1944 Maryland Horse soon after she won the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point.




Catherine Brewster Jackson, who named her star filly Euonymous after an evergreen, in front of her home in Glyndon in the March 1974 Maryland Horse.


Foxhunters Elizabeth Ober and Emma Warner Smithwick in the March 1974 Maryland Horse.

Nancy Boyce’s cartoon in the November 1974 Maryland Horse.






The great Ruffian, owned by Stuart S. Janney Jr, shown winning the Sorority Stakes in the August 1974 Maryland Horse.



March 22, 2024

Louise Bedford, founder of the United States Pony Club, at age 73 pictured here in the June 1975 Maryland Horse with her dogs after she moved back from Virginia. She broke her hip in a fall over wire 3 years before and had a metal plate put in.

Women in Racing in Their Own Words, written by John and Julia McEvoy and published in 2001 by Eclipse Press.





Blacksmith Ardell Cox, from Dickerson, Md., as photographed by Skip Ball in the July 1976 Maryland Horse.





At this Redland Pony Club combined training event, Blake Kinney was the first rider to compete sidesaddle, as profiled in the May 1975 Maryland Horse. She won her division on her Arabian gelding, Colonel Simms.


Another new addition to the library, The Lady Blows a Horn, about lady master Nancy Penn Smith Hannum whose horn echoed through the Cheshire Hunt Country for 50 years. Written by Hannum with Nancy Mohr and published by Horse Country Press in 1995.

March 29, 2024

Sue Graham, as shown in the January 1976 Maryland Horse didn’t know she was 3 months pregnant when she beat Chris McCarron in a photo finish at Bowie. She boasted to Chris that he was beat by two girls! She and her husband Wayne Jamtgaard were the only known married jockeys at the time. Her baby girl often went to the track when she rode and waited in the lady jockey trailer.

Sheila Williams Fisher on Push and Pull at the Elkridge Harford Hunter Trials in 1989, photo by Cappy Jackson from the photo files at the library.

Cherry Hooper, as profiled in the February 1977 Maryland Horse, was one of a handful of women veterinarians practicing in Maryland, paving the way. She was one of very few women to own and manage a large thoroughbred breeding farm in Maryland.

At 25, Elaine Roberts, profiled in the January 1977 Maryland Horse, became president of the Bowie Race Track. She became a certified accountant after graduating from the University of Toronto and worked at Price Waterhouse, later coming to Bowie to take an accounting position before being named president.




A pregnant Princess Anne came to Centreville, MD to unveil the new statue of Queen Anne at the County Courthouse, as shown in the July 1977 Maryland Horse.

Former jockey Jennifer Roland, just married to Doug Small and planning a horse business centered on farm training and auction sales, in the August 1977 Maryland Horse.

April 5, 2024

The Green Spring Old Fashioned covered 5 miles over 20 fences. Judy Zouck on Pogo won the April 1969 edition, as depicted in the Maryland Horse. In the second picture she is third behind Ann Merryman, left, and Joan Hoblitzell, right.

At the 1969 Howard County Cup held at Merriwether Farm, Janon Fisher had the win on Moonlore owned by Kitty Jenkins. April 1969 Maryland Horse.



38 riders started in the 1970 Frederick Cross Old Fashioned, 4 1/2 miles over 20 plus fences, 4 check points with no set course. This year’s winner was Ronald L Maher, the race organizer. April 1970 Maryland Horse.





Award winners at the 1970 Old Fashioned, left to right: Pat Mahoney (heavyweight winner), F. Warrington Gillett (youngest finisher), Mary Tydings (first place among children), Jennifer Winants (best sport), Ronald L Maher (overall winner), Katy Merryman (first place among women).

17 year old J. B. Secor on St. James Corner at the Howard County Cup, April 1970 Maryland Horse.

It was a wild year at the Green Spring Old Fashioned in March 1970! Again, no set course and the Masters, Sheila Jackson and Cary Jackson, decided to not allow the riders to walk the course. 4 1/2 miles over 20 plus fences, lots of unplanned dismounts. Duck Martin on Trinidad came in first, followed by Ben H Griswold IV after remounting at the last fence, Louise Stump was third and Cappy Jackson was 4th.


The 1971 Elkridge Harford Old Fashioned, won by Benjamin Griswold IV followed by Katy Merryman and Benjamin Griswold III; April 1971 Maryland Horse.

Goshen Hunt Feature won by Bruce Fenwick on News Tip; April 1971 Maryland Horse.

April 12, 2024

In addition to the My Lady’s Manor Races, there was also a driving marathon over a course of 6 miles laid out by Sybil Dukehart, as described in the May 1972 Maryland Horse. Carriages came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

Photos from the 1972 driving marathon, taken by Cappy Jackson.






The Maryland Timber Triple Crown logo, shown in the May 1973 Maryland Horse.


Our Ivory Tower, bred, owned, and trained by Nancy Hannum and ridden by her son Buzz, after her victory in the 1972 My Lady’s Manor; May 1972 Maryland Horse.

Turney McKnight on the victorious Keelboat in the 1973 My Lady’s Manor; May 1973 Maryland Horse.

Keelboat wins the 1975 My Lady’s Manor with McKnight aboard, beating Much To Do ridden by J.B. Secor; May 1975 Maryland Horse.