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Lauri and Bill Keitel are shown with hostess Emmanuelle Fillon in Charleville-Mezieres, France.

Off the beaten path: Gypsies, mudders & international friendship

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A decade ago, I approached a horseman and asked,"Why is it that I think of Conquistadors when I see you on your horse?" The horseman replied, "You are a student of history, and this horse is the type of horse with which Coronado and Pizarro conquered the Americas."

This conversation started my fascination with many breeds of horses and their relationship with our history.

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