Country Life Diary : Three Years in the Life of a Horse Farm (Revised Edition)

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9781581500196: Country Life Diary : Three Years in the Life of a Horse Farm (Revised Edition)

This intimate diary provides a rare opportunity to view a Thoroughbred nursery through the eyes of a family as they strive to breed, raise, and train winning racehorses. This updated edition includes an epilogue noting the farm's involvement with racing's superhero, Cigar, who was foaled and raised at Country Life Farm.

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Josh Pons is the third generation of his family to operate Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Maryland. Pons graduated with a degree in English from the University of Virginia. After college, he worked as a writer for The Blood-Horse magazine in Lexington, Kentucky. He later returned to school to earn a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Pons has earned two Eclipse Awards, racing's highest honor, one in 1981 for articles written in The Blood-Horse magazine and the other in 1992 for the first edition of Country Life Diary.

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Country Life Diary is delightful, informative, amusing, touching, sensitive, perceptive. -- Joe Hirsch, Daily Racing Form

Pons, a third generation breeder, takes the reader on a journey through the intricate life of Country Life Farm, a family breeding facility just outside of Baltimore. From his insightful, descriptive and sometimes disturbing diary entries, the reader becomes immersed in the daily struggles and joys of the many people who depend on the farm and Thoroughbreds for their livelihoods. This book - three years in the life of a Maryland Thoroughbred breeding farm - was first published in 1992. In this 1999 edition, the text has been revised and expanded. The author's wife, Ellen Blackwell Pons, provides the detailed black-and-white illustrations, of which there aren't nearly enough.

Pons has a unique writing style that sounds as if he's talking to a close friend. His entries seem to bring the reader into the actual experiences-from deciding which action to take with a sick foal, to praying for positive ultrasound results, and even whether to cull a young stallion from the farm's roster. If you ever thought about breeding horses and running a farm, this book brings you as close as you'll ever get without actually getting your feet muddy. -- Chronicle of the Horse, October 29, 1999

What makes (Country Life Diary) special is the mixture of his insight - brutally realistic at times, but at other moments, sheer poetry. -- The Baltimore Sun

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