Norma Bartol: Back in the saddle with the Silver Horse Ball – CT Insider

October 4, 2019 - Comment

The Silver Horse Ball, a celebration of open space hosted by the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Round Hill Club. This even calls for Black Tie. And the Patron Party will be on Wednesday, Oct. 16 — best send in for that. It was in 1966


The Silver Horse Ball, a celebration of open space hosted by the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Round Hill Club. This even calls for Black Tie. And the Patron Party will be on Wednesday, Oct. 16 — best send in for that.

It was in 1966 that I chaired the first party, of the many to come, which made the first occasion something special. It all happened after Miggy Sorrel, who was president of the GRTA at the time, talked to me about holding a fund-raising affair. And thank goodness we held the party, as the GRTA needed the money.

Indeed, the party was a blast and has been ever since. The balls, which have been held at different places, have all been just amazing. This is indeed a fabulous happening, and I am sure it will be a grand event.

For more information about the Silver Horse Ball, which supports the work of the GRTA to preserve, protect and promote open space in the community, visit www.thegrta.org/.

Since 2019 is the 145th anniversary of the birth of Winston Spencer Churchill, I have decided to use his wit and wisdom for the occasion. My favorite quote of his is, “I have always considered that the substitution of the internal combustion machine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind” (from the House of Commons in 1952).

Another favorite quote is: “If you are going through hell, keep going,” as is “Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words when short are best of all.” (The Riches of English Language, 1941) Churchill also famously said, “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put” (from “Troubles with Prepositions”).

Then, of course, we have British literature, which changed the world. I have always loved Great Britain and enjoyed wonderful happenings while visiting there.

Once my daughter and I were walking on the Bronte Moors, when suddenly a beautiful horse came by, an obvious runaway. Fortunately, I had a belt around my slacks, and with a little help from my daughter, I was able to put a fine line around the horse. The next to appear was a good-looking lady, obviously a rider who was extremely pleased with my daughter and I for catching her horse. She invited us in for tea, as it was about that time.

There were several more horses in my new friend’s barn. And when she discovered that I was a rider, she cordially invited me to help with the exercising of her stable. At first, she put me upon some lovely quiet horses used for the afternoon classes.

I was delighted as my daughter was in college in the morning, so I helped exercise the horses, and then in the afternoon I was invited for tea.

It so wonderful to ride a wonderful horse on the fabulous British Moors, which are like no place else. But then all of England is like that. Even though it does rain there, I will take Great Britain in any weather.

Right now, I am sitting at my desk, writing and enjoying the fabulous fall weather, which is wonderful. Even the rain is wonderful.

Greenwich native Norma Bartol, a longtime resident of the backcountry, is a former Greenwich Time reporter and columnist.

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