Mary Lou Ketchum of San Antonio, Texas won the Arabian Horse Global June prize, an autographed copy of noted Arabian horse photographer Polly Knoll’s terrific new book Treasures of a Lifetime. Mary Lou doesn’t own any horses right now, but that was most certainly not always the case.
“In 1974 I went to a Dallas, Texas horse show,” says Mary Lou. “I left the show a different person. I fell in love with Arabian horses. For a while I was a horse trainer in Texas with Diane Nealy and Gordon Potts of The Brass Ring helped me with my half-Arabian gelding, Dom Lucky (Don Almas x Alis Irish Luck), in the early 1980’s. In 1982 I rode Dom Lucky to a U.S. National Championship in HA Western Pleasure AOTR. What an incredible thrill for me. That was thirty years ago. Where does the time go?”
Mary Lou worked with Arabian and Half-Arabian show and pleasure horses at Valley View Ranch in San Antonio for a number of years, riding and training them and their owners for English, Western and Hunter Pleasure on the local and Regional level. She had riders compete at the Youth National Championships. In 2003 Mary Lou Ketchum reinvented herself, went back to school, obtained her Masters and became a Special Education teacher. She’s a new person, but she’s never forgotten her love for the Arabian horse and is now an avid viewer on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com.
“I’m really excited about the service Arabian Horse Global has provided for all of us,” says Mary Lou. “Someday I’d like to get another horse, but for now I am thoroughly enjoying being a spectator! My special thanks to Polly Knoll for her wonderful book. I know it will provide hours of pleasure. I can’t wait for it to arrive!”
Photographer Polly Knoll’s long awaited book, Treasures of a Lifetime, a Look into the Heart and Soul of the True Arabian Horse, chronicles 40 years of this amazing artist’s journey throughout the world of Arabian horses. This is a beautifully bound and published book with over 200 pages of Knoll’s lovely and historical photographs and stories. Contact Polly Knoll at (920) 885-4146 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go on line to order her splendid book at www.pollyknoll.com.