“As her guests entered, they found ballrooms awash in hundreds of silver balloons mirrored spheres, swaths of black and silver fabric, ice sculptures and black and silver eucalyptus trees. Such cotillions usually featured great blossoms of alabaster, and debutantes dressed in white gowns, white gloves and white pearls. But Frances Dodge – exhibiting the independent air that characterized her show ring and business acumen – bucked convention, wearing a silver gown and sandals and a tiara of black horsehair.” – Riding on the Edge
Frances Dodge was a curiosity. A wealthy automotive heiress who knew how to throw a party and show off her fashion acumen – then ditch the fancy duds the next day for her equestrian gear. Her wealth was born out of tragedy, and tragedy plagued her throughout her life, even as she ascended into the highly competitive worlds of horse shows, harness racing and high society.
In Riding on the Edge: Frances Dodge and Dodge Stables, biographer Karel Bond Lucander recounts the story of Frances Dodge, exploring the many tragedies and triumphs of this true American heroine.
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