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When Sally en­tered col­lege and

even­tu­ally the work­ing world, she be­gan

to ride less and less. But in the mid-

1970s, af­ter re­tir­ing from the Hol­stein-

Friesian As­so­ci­a­tion, in Brat­tle­boro,

Ver­mont, she once again be­came more

ac­tive in the eques­trian world. She be-

gan rid­ing more fre­quently and taught

rid­ing to a few friends.

At the same time, she was ex­peri-

enc­ing trou­ble with her back, and she

be­gan to work with Peter Payne, who

taught the Alexan­der Tech­nique and

the mar­tial arts. In tai chi, she heard

about the “dan tien” or “the cen­ter” and

thought, “That ball---it has a name!” The

Alexan­der Tech­nique led her to un­der-

stand more about the “use of the self” (a

sim­i­lar con­cept to that of a horse “us­ing

him­self” well), and the im­por­tance of

free­dom and bal­ance of the head and

neck in or­der to free the back and al­low

the body to move lightly and with­out

stress. Al­though not an Alexan­der

Tech­nique teacher her­self, Sally stud­ied

with Ma­jorie Barstow, Danny Pevs­ner

and other Alexan­der Teach­ers here

and in Eng­land. Sally was es­pe­cially

in­ter­ested in mu­sic, and she gave a

pre­sen­ta­tion to the Marl­boro School of

Mu­sic in Brat­tle­boro, Ver­mont; some of

the par­tic­i­pants be­came so fas­ci­nated

with “Cen­tered Singing”

that they signed up

for Cen­tered Rid­ing

lessons, too.

At this time,

Sally was teach-

ing rid­ing and

rid­ing her­self,

though not

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