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The last diving horse in America : rescuing Gamal and other animals -- lessons in living and loving / Cynthia Branigan.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Ada Public Library 636.132 BRA (Text) 33500013490610 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781101871959
  • ISBN: 1101871954
  • Physical Description: 274 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2021]

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Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"It was the signature attraction of Atlantic City's Steel Pier from the 1930s to the 1970s, the golden age of "America's Favorite Playground"--Doc Carver's High Diving Horses. Four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse wearing only a harness ran up a ramp; a diving girl jumped on its back, and both sailed forty feet through the air, plunging into a ten foot deep tank of water. Decades later, after cries of animal abuse, and changing times, the act was finally shuttered and the very Last Atlantic City Steel Pier Diving Horse was on the auction block, with the author on a rescue mission. And $2,600 later, Gamal, gleaming coated, commanding, was hers: she who knew almost nothing about horses. Cynthia Branigan tells the story of how horse and new owner, come to know and educate and trust one another; teaching each other important lessons of living and loving. Branigan writes of the history of diving horses and how rescuing and caring for Gamal led her to save other animals, at first as company for Gamal--burros, and others, and then finally, saving a 10 year-old retired Greyhound, nearly broken in spirit, who, with Gamal, came back to his happy self, and opened up for the author a new and purposeful world"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #2
    In 1964, 11-year-old Branigan saw the horse-diving act at the Atlantic City Steel Pier. While perhaps not directly, this was the beginning of a lifelong career as an animal-rights activist. She began working for the writer Cleveland Amory and his organization, which rescued wild burros, mustangs, llamas, chimps, and any other animal in need. One day in 1974, Branigan learned that one of the last horses to perform the diving act was in danger of being sold for dog meat. She was able to purchase the horse, Gamal, with the organization's funds, which changed her life immeasurably. Parents, husbands, friends are all present here, but they take a back seat to her involvement with animals in need and her bond with Gamal. Branigan eventually established a rescue group for racing greyhounds while continuing to write and work for animal rights. Gamal died in 1989, when both he and the author were in their mid-thirties. This is an interesting look at the early animal-rights movement, and the impact that the dedication of a small group can have. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Thoroughbred > New Jersey > Biography.
Horse adoption.
Animal rescue.
Human-animal relationships.
Seaside resorts > New Jersey > Atlantic City > History > 20th century.
Animal rescue.
Horse adoption.
Human-animal relationships.
Seaside resorts.
New Jersey.
New Jersey > Atlantic City.
Genre: Biographies.

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