Sonora Carver performed as a Diving Horse Girl, one of the first; she lost her sight in 1931 due to a retinal detachment during a dive, but continued to perform until 1942. From 1929 her act was based on Atlantic City, New Jersey's Steel Pier. Disney produced a movie about her life in 1990 titled "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."
Materials collected by Sonora Carver relating to her career as a Diving Horse Rider and her work with the Lighthouse for the Blind.
Sonora Carver Papers, 1927-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Steel Pier (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Women in horse sports
Horsemen and horsewomen
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