"Two-Gun" (Nan Aspinwall)
was the first woman to
ride horseback across North America alone, covering 4496
miles and taking 180 days in the saddle.
She did it on a
bet from Buffalo Bill. She was a performer in his Wild West
She rode her thoroughbred
Ellen, on the journey, wearing pants and split skirts,
riding astride, which was
likely still illegal in some
parts of the country!
A man has a racehorse that has never won a race. The man
in disgust says,
"Horse, you win today or you pull a
milk wagon tomorrow morning."
The starting gate opens, the horses take off, they move
the gate away,
and there lays his horse asleep on the
So the man, fuming, asks the
horse, "WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING?!"
The horse, half-asleep, says, "I have to get up at three
in the morning."
His is a power
enhanced by pride,
heightened by challenge.
His is a swiftness
intensified by strength,
magnified by grace.
His is a timeless beauty
touched with gentleness,
that calls our hearts to dream.