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Author Event: Brenda Wahler
On Monday, March 2, starting at 5:30, This House of Books presents author Brenda Wahler as she talks about her new book, Montana Horse Racing: A History.
About the Book
This book is for anyone who likes horses, horse racing, or Montana history. It is a comprehensive look at the sport of kings in the Treasure State!
For centuries, on prairie grasslands, dusty streets and racing ovals, everyday Montanans participated in the sport of kings. More than a century after horses arrived in the region, Lewis and Clark's Nez Perce guides staged horse races at Traveler's Rest in 1806. In response to hazardous street races, the Montana legislature granted communities the authority to ban "immoderate riding or driving." Helena led the way to respectable racing, with Madam Coady's fashion course hosting the first territorial fair in 1868. Soon, leading citizens like Marcus Daly built oval tracks and glitzy grandstands. By 1890, a horse named Bob Wade set a world record for a quarter-mile in Butte, a mark that stood until 1958. Horsewoman and historian Brenda Wahler highlights the Big Sky's patrons of the turf and courageous equine champions, including Kentucky Derby winner Spokane.
About the Author
Brenda Wahler is a lifelong Montana horsewoman, an attorney, and a former history teacher. She has published freelance work since 1986, including magazine articles on horsemanship and horse history. Most recently, she traced the history of horse racing in Montana.