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Fall Girl - My Life as a Western Stunt Double
Fall Girl
Fall Girl - My Life as a Western Stunt Double
by Martha Crawford Cantarini & Christopher J Spicer
Softcover, 225 pages

Regular Price $34.95 - Sale Price $29.95

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, acclaimed horse trainer and show rider Martha Crawford Cantarini was among the busiest of Hollywood's elite corps of female stunt riders. She was the regular stunt double for such actresses as Eleanor Parker, Anne Baxter and Shirley MacLaine, appearing in films ranging from Elvis Presley's debut feature Love Me Tender to the epic western The Big Country. Martha also hosted a Las Vegas television program in the 1960s, while her palomino Frosty gained fame as "the gambling horse" after rolling a seven at the Thunderbird Casino craps table.

This fascinating insider's memoir of the American entertainment industry recounts Martha's personal and professional associations with Clark Gable, Ronald Reagan, Jean Simmons, and other Hollywood luminaries. Illustrated througout with black & white photos.

About the author:
Martha has worked with, and kept, horses all of her life, and loves and respects them. She has saved movie horses that studios were ready to sell off to the "glue factory" after they had outlived their usefulness in films. One such horse she saved was Midnight - the horse that Clint Eastwood had ridden in the Rawhide television series as his character Rowdy Yates.

When Martha began her career in stunt work, she was one of a small handful of ladies who dared perform that kind of work, and they pretty much did it all anonymously so that the stars themselves would get the credit. Few outside the motion picture industry knew of their hard and dangerous work and sacrifice. Martha was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame in 2004, and was a Golden Boot Award Honoree in 2005. She currently lives in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada with her husband John, who is a retired jockey. More here.

Hollywood Hoofbeats
Hollywood Hoofbeats
#BKHH - $39.95
Hollywood Hoofbeats
History, trivia and facts about every movie ever produced that had a significant horse presence. All the way from Muybridge's very first motion picture of a galloping horse - to modern films like The Horse Whisperer, Hidalgo and Seabiscuit - the details and trivia are all here in this wonderful coffee table book. A great way to find a horse movie to watch - one you've not already seen! Hardcover 216 pages

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Rider's Prayer Tassel Bookmark
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Rider's Prayer Tassel Bookmark
Rider's Prayer Tassel Bookmark

Printed on super heavy, shiny paper - with red satin tassel. Front features Kathleen Lack's beautiful Red Lariat painting, and says "There is no secret so close as that between a rider and her horse". Back is printed with A Rider's Prayer

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A Rider's Prayer
Dearest Creator in Heaven,
Give me strength to guide my horse.
Make my hands soft and my head clear.
Let my horse understand me and I him.

My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals.
Let me never lose sight of it.
My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them.
Let that need never lessen.

Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head.
Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker.
Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me.
Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile.

I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm.
The grace and splendor of a running horse,
The thunder of its hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar.
Let it always be so.

Dearest Creator grant me patience,
For horses are harnessed wind, and wind can be flighty.
Let me not frighten or harm them.
Instead show me ways to understand them.

Above all, dear Creator, fill my life with them.
When I pass from this world,
Send my soul to no heaven without them.
For this love you have given me graces my existence
And I shall cherish it and praise You for it for all time.

Author Unknown

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