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AN OASIS FULL OF HORSES

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Pastel-painted stables are set among rows of palms in Indio, Calif., near Palm Springs, the unique setting for a leisurely 10-day horse show that opens the season this week. Daily ostrich races (turn the page) add comic flavor to the customary classes in AN OASIS FULL OF HORSES

A racing ostrich sprints home. The driver uses a broom to steer it around the ring

Loping through stripes of shade, riders prepare horses for a western class

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MARK KAUFFMAN