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Campus Polo Clubs Are Few but Ardent

Most college polo players come to the sport knowing how to ride a horse, but never having played polo. Terry Jones, the faculty adviser for the New Mexico State club, says most of the polo players are from small agricultural communities in that state.

Book Review: Rolling the Bones

. . . Rolling the Bones by Kyle Jarrard Steerforth Press, 320 pp., $24 Rolling the Bones is like one of those pokey rides at the original Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. You drift along...

Wrestling: It’s Acting and it Takes Practice

It’s a cast straight out of a professional wrestling story line. There is a 13-year-old boy who recently made his wrestling debut; the Bouncer with life-threatening illnesses; the shy herbalist who sports attitude in the ring; and a former architect now wrestling professionally in Japan.

Book Review: Seabiscuit: An American Legend

. . Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand Random House, 399 pp., $24.95 Once upon a time, one of America’s biggest celebrities was a horse named Seabiscuit. In 1938 he got more news...

Book Review: Casual Rex

Casual Rex A Novel by Eric Garcia Villard, 352 pp., $23.95 Casual Rex, the charming and absorbing tale of a dinosaur-inhabited, modern-day universe, delivers practically everything a comic/ noir/magical realism/mystery novel could be expected...

Donkeys and Mules Are the Stars of This Show

This weekend’s 17th annual Donkey and Mule Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features some of the most unusual events in equine competition. Coon Hunters Jumping is one. Beginning from a dead...

Book Review: The Spirit Cabinet

. . . The Spirit Cabinet by Paul Quarrington Atlantic Monthly Press, 352 pp., $24 Treading on ground that readers of Tom Tryon’s Night Magic may find familiar, The Spirit Cabinet looks at the...