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To the Editor:

Having spent wonderful summers as a teenager during the 1950s hunting and showing in the Metamora hunt country, I read with interest and enjoyment the article, "Foxhunting from Grosse Pointe to Metamora," printed in the Sept. 16 Grosse Pointe News.

However, I think the riders pictured were misidentified. The three young ladies shown together were Anne Higbie, Jo Rothman and Martha McDonald. They comprised the Metamora entry to regional Jr. Equestrian Team competition, styled on (but not a part of) U.S. Equestrian Team competition.

Furthermore, I am pretty sure Mary Alger was not the name of the rider on Dark Helen. There was a Suzette Alger and a Mary Boyer who might have been about the right age, but I do not know for a fact that either rode then.

Polly Ledyard

Grosse Pointe Farms

Editor's note: You have a good memory. You are correct on the three girls' last names, except new information has the Rothman girl named Lydia. The photo of the girl on Dark Helen has the rider identified as Mary Alger in 1941. We've received many good comments about this Metamora story.

Polly Ledyard
Grosse Pointe Farms
September 22, 2004

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