Love of Man for Horse Shown at Fort in Texas: Owners Display Affection For Mounts on Headstones, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-15


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Love of Man for Horse Shown at Fort in Texas TexasOwners Owners Display Affection For Mounts on Headstones HeadstonesSAN SAN ANTONIO Texas June 14 Near here in a remote section of Fort Sam Houston which has been virtually un ¬ touched by the rush of todays war time activities in this training center is a small plot which gives mute testimony to the affection in the hearts of army men par ¬ ticularly cavalrymen for their chargers chargersIn In the small plot is a cemetery where rest the remains of horses as well as other pets who died in the service of their sol ¬ dier masters It lies near the post stables close to the old Alamo stream shaded by trees elder than the post itself A vacant stone building with iron barred doors and two windows giving evidence that once it must have been a guardhouse now with age upon it has the appearance of a ceme ¬ tery chapel Many of the graves have headstones and almost all are marked in some manner Chiseled into the face of a rough stone of gray granite is this tribute tributeJACQUIN JACQUIN 18901913 A magnificent charger winner of many charger and hunter classes Per ¬ ished in a stable fire Ridden seventeen years by Col Charles C Treat 3 F A Cared for by T I Coff Another stone has this inscription on a bronze plaque plaquePONCIANNA PONCIANNA Jan 1905Dec 1932 A grandson of St Simon by St Dory Egotism A faithful and efficient charger acquired by Col George V Tyner 1908 1908There There is a smaller stone nearby paying tribute to Rickey German shepherd dog owned by HeutCol and Mrs Neil E Bailey who said in graven words that their pet was lovable Icyal and understanding Many other markers echo similar senti ¬ ments mentsOld Old Pat thirtyfive years old and for sixteen years a saddle mount in the 12th Field Artillery is the sole survivor of that once crack mounted regiment motorized in 1938 He was so old in 1938 that it was decided to destroy him The appeals of Pats famed regiment bearing endorse ¬ ments of three general officers went to Washington with the result that Pat was hqriprably retired to pasture at Fort Sam Houston for the rest of his life When the final roll call is made up to include Pat there will be a final resting place for the old fellow in this shady spot among his friends who have gone on ahead gone on but not forgotten as the headstones testify No sentiment among horsemen Nothing in the love of a man for his horse Tell that to Pat

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