Re: Riding Stable near Lincoln Park
Date: October 09, 2012 07:36PM
New Fashion Stable was owned at one time by a nice fellow named Eddie (his last name escapes me). Eddie was also a Farrier and he used to shoe the horses at Parkway. Eddie trained another Farrier named A.J. (I don't remember A.J.'s last name either, sorry). Later, Eddie opened and operated another stable located near Cumberland and Lawrence avenues called Westown Stables. We moved Susie's horse Angel there for awhile in the late sixties until we gave Angel away in 1969 or 1970. Over the years we would occasionally ride or consider buying another horse. I guess you never stop loving horses. In the late '70's I taught my daughter, Lisa, how to ride. My son, Mike never took to riding. I have a number of old pictures from Parkway somewhere.
I met my future in-laws at Parkway. I was riding Susie's horse Angel bareback in the ring when my future wife brought her parents into the ring to meet me. I rode over to meet them and at the last second Angel deliberately shied and dropped me on my butt right in front of Susie's parents and I was mortified. Those were the days. I also remember Beverly Metzger, Johnny Scatchel, Ruth Sorkin, old George who worked in the basement with the livery horses, Diane Borker, Sue Stoyer, etc. Jack Tobin used to bring those houge bags of carrot bags to sell to us. I ate a lot of carrots in those days.
Riding in Lincoln Park by Lake Michigan was a truly wonderful experience that I miss to this very day. Almost all of the old Chicago stables are gone now. There used to be quite a few of them in the city, plus all of the suburban stables.