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PINK COATS IN THE SAGE

May 08, 1961
May 08, 1961

Table of Contents
May 8, 1961

Table of Contents
Yesterday
The Masterpiece
Gary Player
Tokyo Olympics
Atlantic City
Bowling
Chess
Sporting Look
J. Winkfield
  • The improbable saga of J. Winkfield, jockey, who galloped away from two straight Kentucky Derby victories to become a Phileas Fogg on horseback. He rode winners from Warsaw to Moscow to Paris, escaped Bolsheviks and Nazis, became a famous French trainer. This Saturday he returns to Churchill Downs

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

PINK COATS IN THE SAGE

Over the sand and through the sage the thundering hoof beats sound—no posse, but fox chasers with horse and hound. These pink-coated riders of the purple sage, hearkening to "gone away," are members of the West Hills Hunt. Vanning horses and hounds from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, they have, for the last seven years, happily fractured tradition by staging an English fox hunt (minus fox) on the western desert. The stirrup cup, offered in colder climates to ward off morning chill, is waived as the riders set off some 90 strong to follow a scent previously laid across the sands. Several hours later they gather at a welcome water hole of their own devising: a bowl brimming with champagne punch.

This is an article from the May 8, 1961 issue Original Layout

Astride gray horse, Hunt Master John Bowles takes gate as chase moves into the open desert

At hunt's end rider John Blackburn accepts punch as horse gets own refreshment by licking ice

THREE PHOTOSMARK KAUFFMAN