WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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And long ago and their mounts are reduced to venturing into distant areas in pursuit How soon we forget: in the not-so-distant past there were as many of their sport. Ensuring that Dover, Sherborn, Medfield, and Millis stay horses in America as people. They pulled plows and wagons, were green is an imperative that many equestrians support with as much raced, went to war, and carried Pony Soldiers and Indian braves into care as they give their mounts. battle. Near the end of their reign in the early 20th century they still pulled the plows, wagons, and carriages upon which Wellesley and Weston relied for farming and transportation. The real deal At the end of the day, of course, there is more – much more – to horses And then, in the blink of an eye, they were gone – or almost so. In and riding than meets the eye. Trips to the veterinarian can quickly their continuing presence in Wellesley (at Hunnewell Farm), Weston add up to a small fortune. Feed (horses are very particular) and board- (at Gateway Farm), and in numerous private barns, they connect us to ing costs do not come cheap. And the unending business of muck- an agricultural past that still lives on in places like Land's Sake Farm in ing out stalls, dragging an unwieldy trailer from place to place, and Weston and other community gardens in the area. grooming mounts and maintaining tack (everything that goes on Open space commands an ever-increasing premium these days, but thanks to the efforts of the Norfolk Hunt Club, whose stables, trial the horse) require a dedication known only to those who genuinely care about the sport. But to that lucky few who relish the rewards of stirrup and saddle, engaging hundreds of local riders, open-space preservation initiatives We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 fields, and riding programs are the epicenter of an equestrian culture such burdens are often borne lightly. And should you, too, wish to are working miracles. Supported by generous landowners and self- roam free, to course along sylvan trails, to canter up to a fence and in aware communities, the hunt goes on. one breathless moment of release leap free of the earth, well perhaps Without large, contiguous parcels of field and forest through which to hack (the ride from one part of the hunt to another), foxhunters 80 now is the time, if you have not already. PETER GOLDEN writes about communities, culture, and history. P H OTO BY K AT H I E D AV E N P O R T; B A C K G R O U N D BY P E T E R G O L D E N The pack noses about, eager to pick up the scent and be off on the chase

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