The 24-horse drill team at Arlington Hall had to have been thrilling to be a part of. Indeed, our Mother told stories of how “The Arlington girls” always beat “The VMI boys!” They also had the distinct privilege of performing for President Franklin Roosevelt.
This photo captures only part of the 24-horse Drill Team.
The girls had a great respect for their drill instructor, known only to us as Klemann (forgive the spelling). There was quiet whispering swirling around the circle of friends of Mom’s parents. “Did you know that Edward and Esthers’ girls are being instructed by a German?
This concern was understandable, as it was the early 1940’s. The world stage was approaching a terrible upheaval.
A proud, happy student. See the silver cup in her hand?
We are so biased here at Blue Rock Horses. Any photo with a horse in it just has to be good. Add a pretty, young lady and it is a take. The time and place is unknown to us, but we are certain it is another photo from Mom’s days at Arlington Hall. Here is a fun fact, there were three sets of girl twins at Arlington Hall at the time Mom and Auntie Bliss were there! We wonder, did they confuse the horses?
Today is Mom’s (and Auntie Bliss’s) birthday. They were born in New York, February 5, 1925. Mom always thought herself so clever to be born on 2-5-25. As if she had something to do with it! They both were life-long, accomplished horsewomen. So this day we have decided to post a picture of the both of them.
Mom (standing) and Auntie Bliss on one of their school horses at Arlington Hall after a show.