P.S.I. Part IV -- Finding Maria

Chapter -- Team Papenfus

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Chapter 3 -- The Alcove
Chapter 4 -- Popery Aloud
Chapter 5 -- The Scream

Papenfus, the trainer, stood next to the half-mile oval on Sturgeon Farm, and supervised the Future Jockettes as they galloped the mares in three-point stance.  "You need to get your flyin' legs, as they're called," he had told them.  "Riding's the only way to do it."
 
They hadn't started off on the track.  Pop wasn't that foolish.  He kept them in the riding area of the barn for the first few months.  Riding "monkey-on-a-stick" wasn't as easy as it looked.  Even as veteran show and hunt riders, their leg muscles wouldn't be used to being scrunched up like that.  "And the minute those stirrups go up, the horse will take it as an invitation to run," he explained.  "So you've got to learn finesse with the reins."