Grandmother, Ruth M. Ringenberg (Lehmann), was the child of Nebraska pioneers. She had a stint as a substitute rural mail delivery person when she delivered mail by horse and buggy. Mother, Delia J. Vance (Ringenberg), taught in country school and got there on horseback. Ardie J. Nelson (Vance), that is me, has had a life-long appreciation for horses. Daughter, Sara J. Pugsley (Nelson), grew up with her pony Stormy. Sara’s mount in the picture above is Coco, my beloved quarter horse.
Is it any wonder I find myself writing fictional stories about pioneers and the Pony Express and people who have an interest in horses? Hmmm…oh, make that five generations. Below are three of the grandkids taking turns on Stormy.