I’ve used these photos before, but when I changed computers I lost a few; so I’ve been laboriously finding them in my old files and re-editing them. These two are of the ranch in the 1950s.
Here are a group of Girl Scouts and ponies. Billy’s mother Irma worked with the Scouts a lot, including mountain camps, and kept a string of horses and ponies to use. It looks like these girls were a handful — note the one sitting backwards on her pony. I have no doubt, though, that Irma coped.
Notice, too, no uniforms. The uniforms in those days had skirts — no exceptions! No helmets, either; and I’ll bet, no insurance. Lawsuits were unheard of in those days, and no one except English riders wore helmets.
Here are a group of slightly older girls at horse show practice. These would be boarders, not scouts. I believe the horse on the end is Sonkey, who was remembered fondly by everyone who rode in those days.
This might have been taken at the same time; I can see ponies in the background.
There’ll be more old photos from time to time, as I find them and re-edit. They should look better than before, anyway.