Recreation: The New Horsy Set

Horses used to be something that blue-blooded adults owned and red-blooded children dreamed about. But the galloping U.S. economy has put people in the saddle who ten years ago could get no closer to horseflesh than the seats at a racetrack or the illustrations in Smoky. There are now 3.5 million "pleasure horses" in the U.S., compared with two million in 1953.

The change was reflected at last week's opening of the National Horse Show in New York. Once the private preening ground for Manhattan's well-groomed society thoroughbreds, this year's show was as...

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