The Rose Horse

Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Copyright 2020

I discovered yesterday that my kin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, did all the riding in National Velvet….and Gene Tierney was the first choice for this movie. I have compared Rena Easton to her. Gene Tierney suffered from mental illness – as did Rena! I have concluded Rena has multiple personalities that were created in order to deal with the voilence and terror she suffered as a child. When I read that eighteen year old Gene was going to play Brown – it all came together! My books ‘Capturing Beauty’ and, The Royal Janitor’, are now set in Stone and Roses.

There is some evidence Liz and her family were spies employed by her godfather, Victor Cazalet, who may behind the Royal Defence College in Washington, as was Douglas Fairbanks Junior. Victor was for the formation of the State of Israel. Liz converted to Judaism.

I put Rena on Liz’s horse King Charles, totally naked. There is no beautiful image to compare. But, I think Rena is terrified of horses. I have compared her to Helen of Troy, and Lara Roozemond who rode Friesian horses in show. Everything has come together. No family member has come close to knowing this copyrighted information. Gainsborough did the portraits of Victor’s parents – with horse! Victor was a homosexuals that was the model for Commodore Swineburne. I want Lara Roozemond to play Victoria Rosamond Bond. I suspect she had a terrible spill on a Friesian horse her father bred, and never rode, or mentions this is what she looked like. This is Victoria Bond!

Lara may have given up her ambition to become an actress, thinking she is not good at it. I have detected mental illness. Many critics say Liz couldn’t act. But, she sure could ride! Lara and Victoria have to overcome their fear of taking another painful fall, and get back in the saddle. Overcoming ones fears, is what life’s about.

I have fallen in love with my star, because she is my ideal. She has stepped out of a Greek Tragedy where as a Mad Poet she rides the un-ridable horse. In horse there is a rose. Rosamond was spelled Hrosmund meaning “horse protection”. Roozemond is the Dutch spelling of Rosamond which is seen as ‘The Rose of the World’. I see her riding this way on…

The Horse of the World

And behind her ride…..The Nine Muses! This is the Acme of our History.

When all the young women and girls see Victoria ride on to the opening scene, they will say;

“I want to be – just like her! She’s my new hero! What a great actress! Who is she?”

Lara is the daughter of Cees Roozemond who is a larger than life male whose dream it is to build a giant horse that his daughter does not want anything to do with because, as a girl with pigtails she fell into the shadow of her magnificent father. In the video honoring Cees you can see the terror in her eyes. When I saw that, I wept. I went on line in search of a beauty who could replace Rena as my model for Bond. It was love at first sight – and I was in a another heaven when I beheld the family name, that Grimm applied to..

The Sleeping Beauty Princess

She will do it for charity. This is the kind of human being she is.

John Presco

“The relationship between King Charles, the horse’s real name, and me was so special,” Taylor told Cowboys & Indians through her spokesperson at The Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation. “He was given to me on the last day of shooting and it is a memory that I cherish. There never was a sweeter, more noble animal, and caring for him was a great source of responsibility and happiness. We trusted each other. We loved each other. He lived at stables in Pacific Palisades, California, and I rode and visited him whenever I could. Every little girl deserves the kind of miracle experience that I enjoyed while doing National Velvet and bonding with that magnificent soul. My heart still swells whenever I think of him, and I still do — often.”

Cees Roozemond (1959)is a Dutch sports director.

Roozemond is active in equestrian sports. Since November 2014 he is chairman of the Stichting Het Paard van Fryslân, which is committed to the realization of a 25 meter high statue of a Frisian horse. In March 2018 Roozemond became president of the Royal Netherlands Equestrian Federation.

Roozemond also became managing director at sc Heerenveenin March 2019. Roozemond was chairman of the Foundation Board and would first hold the general directorship temporarily. Roozemond is the definitive successor to the resigned Luuc Eisenga.

Roozemond is a son of journalist and mayor Cees Roozemond.

Tierney consulted a psychiatrist and was admitted to Harkness Pavilion in New York. Later, she went to the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. After some 27 shock treatments, intended to alleviate severe depression, Tierney fled the facility, but was caught and returned. She later became an outspoken opponent of shock treatment therapy, claiming it had destroyed significant portions of her memory.[citation needed]


Godfather to Elizabeth Taylor[edit]

Cazalet, who had a passion for fine art, became a close friend of American art gallery owners Francis Taylor and his wife Sara, parents of Elizabeth, after they had moved from the U.S. to London in 1936.[1] Cazalet let the Taylor family, who were also Christian Scientists, spend their weekends in a separate 16th century cottage on his estate in Kent.[1] He wanted them to think of England as their new home.[22]:13

He gave 4-year-old Elizabeth a horse named Betty as a gift, which she would ride bareback throughout the property.[1] The Taylors asked him to be her godfather, after which he became an important influence during her early life.[1] At one time while Elizabeth suffered the first of many near-fatal illnesses, Elizabeth begged her mother to “please call Victor and ask him to come and sit with me.” Cazalet then drove ninety miles through thick fog to be at her side.[24] When he arrived, recalled her mother, “Victor sat on the bed and held Elizabeth in his arms and talked to her about God,” and soon after the fever had broken.[22]:14

At a lunch with Churchill in April 1939, Cazalet learned that a war was coming, and was permitted by Churchill to inform others.[22]:24 Cazalet, concerned for the Taylor family’s safety, urged Francis to close his art gallery as soon as possible and return with his family to America. Because of the time needed to vacate the gallery, he suggested that Sara and his children should be sent back alone where Francis could later join them. They took his advice and eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he established a new gallery.[1]

As Cazalet was an acquaintance of screen actor DeWolf Hopper and his former wife, Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, he sent a letter of introduction on behalf of Elizabeth to Ms. Hopper, to help 7-year-old Elizabeth become involved in acting.[1][24] Hopper met with Elizabeth and Sara and offered to help. Months later, Cazalet wrote in his diary for 16 April 1941, “Imagine excitement of Taylors. Elizabeth has a contract for seven years with a big cinema group.”[22]:33

I am looking for descendants of Philip Rosemond and Moses Morton Rosemond
who lived in Guernsey County, OH in the mid-1800s. This family descended
from a James Rosemond who lived in County Leitrim, Ireland in the early
1700s. Other members of this same family settled in Lanark, Ontario, Canada.
The southern Rosamond family is also said to be descended from this same
family, as are the Rosamond families in Australia and New Zealand. I am
trying to tie all the branches of the family together. The information on
the family in Guernsey County, OH is shown below. I’d appreciate hearing
from anyone who has any information regarding this family.

Elizabeth grew up with an understanding and appreciation for fine art. Her father, Francis Taylor, was an art dealer with a gallery located at 35 Old Bond Street in London. He learned the business under the tutelage of his uncle, Howard Young. After relocating with his family to sunny California during the war, Francis opened an art gallery at the Château Elysée, but quickly relocated it to the more impressive Beverly Hills Hotel. It was at that location that such celebrities as Howard Duff, Vincent Price, James Mason, Alan Ladd, Hedda Hopper, and Greta Garbo could be found selecting art for their own collections. Francis Taylor was also a trendsetter; responsible for the popularity of Augustus John in the United States. Francis, who had a keen eye, asked John if he could buy some of the paintings John had discarded. John felt they weren’t good enough to sell, and gave them to Francis free of charge. They were sold back at the art gallery in the States, where Augustus John paintings would be sold exclusively for many years. Francis would soon find an art connoisseur in his daughter, Elizabeth, who would amass one of the great private collections of Impressionist art in America.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor fell from the horse and broke her back during the filming of the racing scene. Although she recovered quickly, she suffered greatly later in life.

After production was completed, arrangements were made to allow Dame Elizabeth Taylor to keep the horse.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor fell in love with King Charles while visiting the Rivera Country Club. He was acquired by MGM for $800 to appear in this movie with her. Elizabeth spent time each day riding, caring, and bonding with him in order to prepare for her role in this movie. King Charles was reported to be aggressive to his handlers except for Taylor. She and King had a special bond that became evident throughout the movie. At the end of the movie, Elizabeth found out that she had been gifted with “The Pie” and she and King Charles remained together until his death.

King Charles, playing The Pie, was first-cousin of champion thoroughbred Seabiscuit, subject of two biopics. Both had Man o’ War as grand-sire.

Mickey Rooney had to film all of his scenes in one month before he had to report for basic training to serve in World War II.

The story that Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) tells Donald Brown (Jackie “Butch” Jenkins) about a shipwrecked horse was based on a true story about a New Zealand-bred thoroughbred named “Moiffa” who survived his ordeal and went on to win the Grand National the following year. Mickey Rooney starred in The Black Stallion (1979), which was about a shipwrecked horse that goes on to win a major race.

Twelve-year-old Dame Elizabeth Taylor underwent drastic measures to prove that she was right for the role. Velvet Brown was supposed to be a girl in her late teens, going through the natural changes into womanhood. Taylor was told by producer and director Clarence Brown that she couldn’t be Velvet, as she was rather “boyish”. This only provoked Elizabeth more; she ate steak everyday, doubled her portion of meals, and rode her horse constantly to train. In three months, Elizabeth grew three inches, and began to gain the natural curves of a woman. For her efforts alone, she won the role.

The racecourse map which Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) shows Velvet Brown (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) is an accurate portrayal of the real-life Grand National course at Aintree, near Liverpool, England. What’s more, like the movie, the course actually has a Becher’s Brook jump and a Canal Turn jump with its sharp left turn.

In 1941, MGM proposed filming this movie with Shirley Temple and Spencer Tracy, but Temple’s mother turned it down because she felt it did not showcase her daughter properly.

Howard Taylor and John Presco


Howard Taylor and I are cousins. He is kin to Ian Fleming, Thomas Pynchon, Christine Rosamond, and the Getty family.

John Presco 007

Taylor Camp was a small settlement established in the spring of 1969 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. It covered an area of 7 acres (2.8 ha) and at its peak it had a population of 120.[1] It began with thirteen hippies seeking refuge from the ongoing campus riots and police brutality in the United States.[2] They were arrested for vagrancy but Howard Taylor, brother of movie star Elizabethbailed them out of jail and invited them to settle on a beachfront property he owned.[3]

Our Home On Miles










“Will Bohemia arise in Oakland,” was the question asked in an article in the Oakland Tribune on April 22, 1917. The reporter told of the formation of an artist’s club of the East Bay with a membership of more than 30 painters, sculptors and art students including Selden Gile, William H. Clapp and William A. Gaw (1891-1973).”

There is a chance the Victorian Mary Ann Tharaldsen and I lived in on Miles Avenue was brought around the Cape, and may be one of the portable houses my kindred brought to California in 1848. Two of these homes are the oldest in San Francisco and look very similar to the one that may have been moved to Miles, raised up, and a first floor apartment built beneath. Several of these homes were built in Belmont that the Jankes co-founded, one of them becoming the home of William Ralston ‘The Man who built San Francisco’ after it was remodeled by Count Leonetto.

Bryan Maclean and a Generation of Love

Above is a photograph taken outside the Glen’s church in Topanga Canyon. I have just got married to Maryanne Thoraldson. Bryan Maclean, my best friend at University High School, sang during the ceremony. We are singing Amazing grace. Bryan and I have given up alcohol and drugs when this picture was taken. This is my first attempt at sobriety. I have twenty four years of being clean and sober.Bryan was the lead guitarist for the rock group Love that had a powerful influence on Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Thier first album that came out in 1965, was a stepping stone. Bryan had taught me how to play the guitar, and turned me on to marijuana atop a high and windy hill in L.A. We were the artists in residence at Uni High. Bryan drew sexy surfer girls that were the forerunner of the Rosamond Women my late sister would become famous for. Christine Rosamond, and Bryan Maclean, were lovers. Christine’s funeral fell on her first sober birthday. She died clean and sober and was just beginning to turn her life around.

Folk Festival at Zorthian Ranch

In 1965 I attended a party at the Zorthian Ranch with my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren (whose grandmother owned the recipe for Nancy’s Yogurt) and Barry and Seyburn Zorthian, the daughter’s of the artist, Jirayr H. Zorthian, who was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas is the cousin of the muralist, Garth Benton who married my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. These four women and myself would live in a commune in San Fancisco, our rent paid by Betty Zorthian, the heiress of the William’s Shave fortune. Seyburn is an artist.Zorthian and I discussed art up in his studio while beautiful young L.A. Godesses soared on the trampoline to ‘Gloria’.

We also partied at Betty’s mansion in Pasadena where she kept horses. We dropped LSD that was legal at the time. I did a psychedelic cowboy shoot-out routine with Toby Zorthian’s gun he had for quick-draw lessons he was taking. I did the slow-mo-draw, where the bullet would come out of the barrel real slow, and do very curious things on the way to a cosmic target where it was swallowed up in a parallel universe. I had folks in stiches in my peace-time play on a deadly weapon turned into an instrument of Cosmic Love!

Nancy dated Stanely Augustus Owlsley, and with Christine, they went on a date with Nick Sands who was also a manufacturer of LSD.

Jirayr Zorthian was the Grand Marshall of the Doo Day Parade that may have inspired the Eugene Celebrations Parade. The New Los Angeles Folk Festival reminds me of the Eugene Folk Festival. Our Mayor should declare Altadena our Sister City and conduct a culture swap. Hip folks could stay in L.A. while those folks stay in Eugene.

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    We are at war – of the minds!

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