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?Such changes can be made any number of times as long as the players involved do not leave the game.—ED.
Until SI entered the field, those of us interested in horses were the victims of two kinds of journalism—first, publications intended for the general public, such as newspapers and national magazines. Usually in these publications horse articles are written as "features" by reporters who know nothing about what they are writing but are assigned the job. They make many mistakes innocently and anyone who knows horses knows that the writer did not. Second, publications intended especially for horse owners, breeders or any participants of the riding sport. These magazines usually have writers who know their subjects but are hampered by the restriction of having to say only nice things, because they are completely dependent upon these people for circulation and advertising. I don't want to imply that it is necessary to make offensive statements, but sometimes honest and complete reporting demands that someone have his feathers ruffled.
This is why we are particularly pleased to see SI start out to do the job it can do. You have writers that are experts and you have no axes to grind or personalities to fear offending in order to give the reader an honest picture. You have the opportunity to do a lot of good for the sport of riding. Like most sports it would benefit by correction and enlightenment in many areas.
I and all my friends feel that Miss Higgins and Mr. Tower are very well qualified. We hope that SI will give them all the support they may need and stand behind them, even when they stick their necks out.
(This is the
first letter I have written to any editor of any publication so you may guess
how strongly I feel on the subject.)