Of Presidents and Horses

Tomorrow is President’s Day! Many of our past Presidents kept pets at the White House. Dogs like: Checkers Nixon, Bo Obama, and Feller Truman. Cats like: Socks Clinton, Nip, Tuck and Snowflake Coolidge.  Many of our countries illustrious  leaders were also phenomenal horsemen. Whether family pets, or trusted steeds who bravely carried them into  battle, our presidents cherished and cared for their horses with the highest standard! Here is a glimpse at a few:

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Painting of President George Washington and Blueskin by Rembrandt Peale.

George Washington, our first president, was an avid foxhunter who spent many hours a day in the saddle. Thomas Jefferson spoke of President Washington as being “the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback.” Of the five stallions Washington owned, the most notable  were Nelson and Blueskin, whom he rode during the American Revolution. Nelson was a 16hh chestnut with lots of chrome. He was President Washington’s preferred mount during war since Nelson would bravely charge into battle as he was less spooky with gunfire and cannons. Can we say “bombproof”! Blueskin received his name from the deep blue grey hue of his coat. He was full of stamina and endurance thanks to his half-Arabian heritage. After the war, both Nelson and Blueskin retired to Mt. Vernon and were spoiled for years to come. Nelson lived to the age of 27.

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Painting of President Jackson and Sam Patch.

Andrew Jackson was passionate about horses from a very early age. He even worked as a saddle maker as a child. Years before he became the 7th U.S. president, President Jackson was a famous owner and breeder of Thoroughbreds in Tennessee. His most prized race horse, Thruxton, had his lineage traced back to the Godolphin Arabian… and even sparked a duel between President Jackson and Charles Dickinson (a famous American attorney at the time – not the 19th century British writer). When he was elected to office, President Jackson, took his horses with him and ran his racing stable out of the White House. His other horses included his favored Sam Patch (pictured above), Lady Nashville, Emilie and Busiris.

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President Ulysses S. Grant’s favorite horses- Egypt, Cincinnati and Jeff Davis.

Our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant also became obsessed with horses at an early age. President Grant excelled in horsemanship while at West Point and was revered and admired as a talented rider throughout his life. He owned many horses over the course of the American Civil War- some gifted to him, most acquired. Cincinnati, a handsome 17hh Thoroughbred by a famous racing sire, Lexington, was one of President Grant’s favorites. Many of the paintings and statues of President Grant depict him riding Cincinnati.

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President John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline Kennedy and son John F. Kennedy Jr and the family pony Macaroni.

Just about everyone has seen the sweet pictures of President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, and her roany pony, Macaroni. Given as a gift, Macaroni would frequently visit the White House. Although President Kennedy (and John Jr.) were severely allergic to animals, he still encouraged his wife and Caroline to ride. First lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, grew up riding and competing in horse shows on the East Coast. She continued riding and foxhunting well into her years.

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President Ronald Reagan astride El Alamein.

Playing young cowboy roles during his early Hollywood career, Ronald Reagan fell in love with horses. During his term as our 40th President, a special secret service agent was assigned to be President Reagan’s riding partner, it took a while to find someone who could keep up with him! His ranch in California, Rancho del Cielo, became known as the “West Coast White House.” He once told a columnist, “most of my thinking about speeches comes–doing ranch work, not sitting at a desk.” President Reagan had a several favorite horses- Little Man, who had a tragic accident out in pasture, and El Alamein, who was a gift in 1981 from the President of Mexico, José López Portillo.

5 Reasons to Attend Mary’s Tent Sale

Mary’s annual Tent Sale turns 30!  Every February, we host an amazing 3-day sale that has become THE event of the year! The store is scoured, rearranged and a huge, (120 feet long by 40 feet wide!) tent is set up to squeeze in thousands of sale and clearance items.

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  1. The Deals!

Mary’s Tent Sale has discounts store-wide to help make room for new styles and items! From fly spray to bridles, items are red-tagged everywhere you look! Literally months in advance the Mary’s team plans to find you deals so great, it’ll make you dizzy! While seasonal items like apparel and blankets, will also be at markdown pricing, Sunday there will be select extra discounts. in a few chosen departments to save even more. And don’t forget, Saturday is Double Bucket Saturday – each family that spends $100 or more will get two free buckets on their way out (while supplies last).

2. The Prizes!

Each year, Mary’s offers grand prizes for you to win! Last year Mary’s gave out 5 Grand Prizes; this year we have 8!

Three $500 Ariat shopping sprees, a Kensington $500 shopping spree, a Romfh outfit a Charles Owen helmet and a 1K Bling helmet!

That’s not your only chance to win! Each Tent Sale customer receives a ‘scratcher’ card for chance to spin the Prize Wheel and win an instant prize! There are 250 winning tickets which will be handed out over the weekend with prizes including a set of Veredus carbon gel horse boots, an Ovation schooling outfit and Tech stirrups!

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Don’t forget your FREE bucket with purchase**!!  Double buckets on Saturday! (while supplies last)

3. Fabulous Vendors and Reps

Manufacturer representatives fly in from all over the country (and the world) to come to the Mary’s Tent Sale and educate customers on their products that Mary’s carries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to compare product and brands to determine what will work best for you and your horse. Come armed with questions! Some may even have samples or extra coupons to share with you!

4. Free Food!

Shopping builds up your appetite and Lunch is on us! This year, you can look forward to Pegasus Rising Horse Rescue behind the grill, preparing hot dogs, and serving up some refreshing cold beverages.

5. It’s like a party!

We have so many loyal customers who come from far and wide (some even planning vacations around our sale) to join us for the weekend. Barn buddies, neighbors and trainers… It’s fun to watch so many old friends reunite under one roof! There’s a very special vibe that goes along with the crescendo of voices exclaiming, “Oh my goodness! Hiiiiiiiiiii! How are yooooooou?!”

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Be sure to clear your calendars

This year’s Tent Sale dates are:

  • Friday, February 17th, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 18th, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, February 19th, 9:00am-4:00pm

*Mary’s will be CLOSED Thursday, February 16, to prepare for the sale.

FREE PARKING is located next door, at Del Mar Horse Park. Shuttle service will be provided by Mary’s for your convenience.

** First 200 customers Friday or while supplies last, limit 1 per household. Minimum purchase requirements for Saturday Double Buckets. Also while supplies last.