Barbara Newtown

Barbara Newtown's Equine Blog


Barbara Newtown thought she wanted to ski and sail and write about music for the rest of her life, but at Yale Graduate School she met horse-crazy George. Within nine months (with four months off for a fractured hip) she was eventing Pre Training. (She hasn’t stopped shaking in terror yet.) Barbara and George raise Oldenburg warmbloods for dressage and jumping at Newtown Farm in northwestern Louisiana. 

Guns, Horses, and … Balloons: The Sport of Mounted Shooting

By Barbara Newtown. Mounted shooting involves galloping at top speed, flying changes of lead, hand gun or long gun marksmanship, and partnership with a literally bomb-proof horse. The Mounted Shooters of America and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association are the main national organizations.  Other groups include the Single Action Shooting Society and the Cowboy Sports Association. [The following descriptions follow the Mounted Shooters of America…

Jumonville Farms: Taking Quarter Horse Breeding into the Future

  By Barbara Newtown. J. E. Jumonville, Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder, lives with his wife Bunny on their farm in Ventress, Louisiana, 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. Jumonville Farms covers over 1,000 acres; about 200 acres are dedicated to horses and hay, and the rest is leased out for sugar cane cultivation. The land is lush and flat and located…

TB Stud Fees: Performance, Genetics, Economics, & Faith

A Thoroughbred stud fee reflects a horse's performance, his family tree and his offspring, the economic health of the nation, and the human capacity for hope. Ashford Stud stands American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile x Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman), who entered the breeding business with great fanfare after his glorious Triple Crown performance.  American Pharoah commanded a $200,000 stud fee in 2016, an amazing sum…

White House Equestrians

Horses and Presidents have been a good combination, especially since the start of the twentieth century, when dealing with horses became a choice, not a necessity.  When a President is on a horse, the rest of the world stares up in awe.  And, in some mysterious way, the horse's prodigious strength and handsomeness multiplies whatever strength and handsomeness a President might claim. Some Presidents swore by riding as a fine…