MRS. JAMES H. VAN ALLEN
My dog. A woman can logically say, "Love me, love my dog." It would be incongruous for her to insist: "Love me, love my horse." I know my dog loves me. I know what he will do. He knows what to expect of me, companionship and affection. As for my horse, I'm never sure that he won't kick me.
MRS. CORTRIGHT W. WETHERILL
Newtown Square, Pa.
You like a dog for one thing, a horse for another. But how can you help loving a horse when he's just won for you? I make pets of dogs and horses, but I'll go along with my great jumper Iron Shot. My grandfather gave him to me. He's 19, drinks beer, eats hamburgers and loves children.
Peruvian Ambassador to U.S.
My horse. Our family has owned horses for generations. I literally grew up on a horse. In Lima we have a statue called The Peruvian Horse, in memory of the Spanish who conquered Peru with horses. The natives had never seen horses and thought they were supernatural beings.
MRS. MAGRUDER DENT
I love my horse much more than my dog. Horse lovers will know what I mean when I say that I've outgrown dogs. A dog is nice for you when you are young, but horses never lose their appeal at any age. I love them so much that I am going to raise Connemara ponies for my grandchildren.
May 13, 1956
THE COUNTESS CITTADINI
Monte Carlo and Nice
My horse. I was reared on horses. Our childhood memories are keen, but I can't remember the first time I rode one. They've been part of my life and I understand them as well as I understand humans. You can take a dog or leave it, but not a horse. He is the most beautiful of all animals.
MRS. ROBERT E. STRAWBRIDGE
Old Westbury, L. I.
My dog. He is more personal, a closer and more understanding companion. I think that a horse—a good horse—as an animal, is a finer thing to me and most people than a good dog. I'm interested in a Thoroughbred horse as a splendid, beautiful animal; in a dog as a pet and a friend.
EDWARD T. McLEAN
I've bred horses and dogs. Horses have been a part of my entire life. A dog is either a child's pet or a working dog. Shoot over a working dog and it's great. But would you rather see a good dog show or the National Horse Show? There's absolutely no comparison. The horse show, of course.
LESLIE COMBS II
One of Nashua's owners
Millions have watched Nashua and loved him. I did, too, just watching him in a race. You don't often get a horse who is broad between the eyes, indicative of intelligence. My dogs are wonderful, too, but you can't help loving a horse who, in some ways, is almost human.
MRS. JOHN A. MORRIS
My horse. The Morris family have been the "warp and woof" of racing for more than a century. We raced in England, as partners of Mr. Ten Broeck, in 1852. My horse is more real to me. The affection of our family is wrapped around him. When he runs, we worry about it being muddy or sunny.
CAPTAINS LEE AND LES SMITH
Twin pilots for Northwest Orient Airlines
Our hobby is training show horses. We spend all our spare time with them. They are so intelligent and affectionate that you can't help loving such beautiful animals. But our two black Labradors, Remus and Dinah, are wonderful dogs. We love them fully as much.
MRS. CONRAD THIBAULT
My horse. They say a dog knows you, but a horse also gets to know and really love you. When jumping my horse, he helps me and there is unity. That's a tremendous lift and so much more interesting than showing dogs. When I was hurt after a bad fall, my horse stood by with his nose on my shoulder.
MRS. CHET LaROCHE
Although our daughter, only 16 years old, has won over 600 ribbons and is considered to be the second best rider in the East, I have to vote for the dog. He gives you real love. A horse is much harder to understand. You have to give him more love and attention to get what you want from him.
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