On Hatteberg’s People, we all know that electronic delivery of newspapers is the future and it is happing now through the Internet and on devices like the Kindle, but in Cambridge, Kansas 16 year old Belinda Chambers delivers papers the old fashioned way --- the real old fashioned way.
“All the people on the paper route enjoy him.”
In Cambridge, Kansas, high school junior Belinda Chambers delivers the Winfield Daily Courier by horseback to all the subscribers in her small town.
“It’s a nice quiet small town.”
Quiet it is. This is the Main Street in Cambridge where cats don’t worry about getting run over. Hummingbirds don’t worry about cats. In the evening cars are scarce as thunderstorms that wait in the distance to pounce. This is Belinda Chamber’s town.
“Yes, I love living in Cambridge.”
But when the presses start to roll that print the Winfield Courier, Belinda is getting her horse ‘Dreamer’ ready to deliver the evening paper.
“You need to brush the horse down and make sure he is nice and clean. If there is any dirt where the saddle is supposed to be, you have to move it so it doesn’t make him sore. You really get to know him. He’s basically like a best friend.”
When the Winfield Courier arrives in Cambridge, it’s time to work and Belinda wastes no time.
“I started doing it when gas prices got really, really high. You know, it was a little expensive just to drive around.”
But there is more going on here, than just delivering papers. Belinda has been ‘Dreamer’s’ only trainer. No one helped her; she trained him on her own.
“It builds his muscles going up and down the hills and gets him ready for shows.”
“I love horses because obviously you can interact with them and they are fun to be around.”
“Some people find it odd, but most people just think it is kind of neat.”
(Neighbor) “It’s exciting, I love horses and I just love to come out and pet the horse and get the paper. And besides, it fertilizes the yard sometimes too. (Laugh)”
“The people who have relatives in over holidays, I’ve been told several times that this is one of the coolest things they’ve ever seen.”
“Yes, I have lots of fun. He has both good days and bad days, but it’s fun. It is very fun.”
“They bring a lot of joy and happiness.”
“I think it is special. It takes a special horse to be able to do it and, well, he is a special horse.”
Larry Tag: Belinda plans to go to a college in Pennsylvania or Virginia and major in Equine studies and then get a minor in veterinary medicine.