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Desert Horses

June 1st, 2009

Desert Horses

Page Holland, who along with daughter Sunnie is presenting the “Desert Horses” art exhibit starting July 2nd at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, grew up with a first-hand knowledge of both horses and the wild Utah desert. Page broke her first horse when she was eleven, using hay string to steer the young Appaloosa filly. Page and her three sisters were raised at the family service station in Crescent Junction, Utah (on I-70 north of Moab), a landmark for travelers for decades.

“The whole world literally passed by our doorstep”, Page remembers. “Rock-star busses to one-mule wagons. We had horses, motorcycles and endless desert to tramp around in. We were given a lot of freedom but we also had a lot of responsibility too.”

Page’s Southern Utah heritage runs deep. Ancestors from both sides of her family tree trekked to the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young, and her maternal side, the Taylor’s, were among the first white residents of the Moab Valley. Her...