They rescued five horses from an unknown fate.They sold everything they had.With daring inspiration, Jackie and Noel trained the lost and confused horses, and forced their own unfit bodies to meld into one team.Life became horses, trail, endurance, and camping: all seven reliant on one another as they trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail.What started as a dream adventure turned out to be more than they had ever imagined. The beauty of the trail didn’t lessen its dangers; with minimal support and all their worldly possessions on horseback, Jackie and Noel made mistakes and with humour learned the hard way.They were amateur horse-handlers, tackling an epic challenge, but they created something special, unique, and incredibly endearing.Fears were faced, healed, and conquered. Bonds were forged.But did the team of seven that started together, finish together?Saddle up and take a ride along life’s natural trail of trauma, fear, pain, and loyalty.
Julian Seaman first went to Badminton as an autograph-hunting fan in the 1960s. He later decided to become a competitor. In his first year, his horse became lame. Year two, he completed the dressage in a rainstorm in a coat made in his tailoring class at college. Third time he fell. Indeed, he fell off several times on national TV and achieved immortality as the ‘What happened next?’ feature on BBC’s A Question of Sport.Meanwhile, Julian enjoyed the splendour and history of the event – watching Mark Phillips win four times, the grand daughter of the Viceroy of India, Lucinda Prior-Palmer win six times and has enjoyed watching both Princess Anne and daughter Zara riding the classic course.And over the years, he’s witnessed some odd happenings, for example, in 1973, one-third of all constants failed to get past the third obstacle. On another occasion, Gurgle The Greek clambered, unpenalised, under a jump, to officially clear it.On another, dual Olympic Gold medallist, Mark Todd, rode a chance horse, lost a stirrup and competed ‘one-legged’!Julian is now Press Officer at this magnificent event and cantors us through the history of Badminton regailing us with fascinating facts and marvellous memories that brings the event to life. A beguiling book, this will be enjoyed by horse lovers and history lovers alike.
Bob Langrish's World of Horses
Bob Langrish's World of Horses is the culminating collection of a master photographer who has traveled six continents in search of the most compelling horses in their native habitats.From the Mongolian steppe to the South African desert, barrier islands to city streets, Langrish has recorded the lives and activities of these majestic and beloved animals. His images capture the grace and soul of horses in all shapes and sizes. Brisk, lively text by Olympic gold medalist Jane Holderness-Roddam accompanies each photo, relating the story of how horse behaviors and traits vary by habitat, as well as the behind-the-scenes details of Langrish's adventures. Dramatic, poignant, and personal, Langrish's photos are a testament to the ancient and abiding horse-human relationship.
Calamities in Flipping Bodbury
The idyllic Cotswolds village of Flipping Bodbury appears to be the quintessential country village. However, when the Women's Institute become involved in any part of village life, Flipping Bodbury becomes a calamitous place! Flipping Bodbury has to deal with dangerous donkeys and spooky s?ances, with disastrous town twinnings and spectacular celebrity appearances. The WI and the rest of the village embrace it, with the help of a few alcoholic beverages. Whatever the problem, or how obscure the situation, the village of Flipping Bodbury takes it in its slightly wobbly stride. Georgina Edwards and Verity Stew have produced a comical and endearing set of tales in their novel 'Calamities in Flipping Bodbury'. The authors have captured the essence of country Cotswold life, and have produced a novel that is laugh out loud funny, with their array of characters which make up Flipping Bodbury.
Klaus Balkenhol The Man and His Training Methods
Klaus Balkenhol was an Olympic–level, award–winning rider long before he trained the likes of international dressage star Nadine Cappellman and assumed the role of Chef d'Equipe of the US Dressage Team. Have you ever wondered about the secrets behind the man? Have you perhaps dreamed of the chance not only to ride with him, but to discover how his horse training theories—and equestrian-centered life—developed over time? Britta Schöffman, a Grand Prix rider and student of Balkenhol, has provided readers a biography of her trainer's personal life and meteoric rise to the top of the equestrian world, as well as a practical training manual for riders of all levels. Alongside anecdotes of his childhood, his riding education, and some of his most famous horses, Balkenhol discusses: • Training according to classical principles • Errant trends in competitive dressage vs. classical technique • Choosing the right dressage horse • Instilling trust in young horses • Working horses without stress • Employing the Training Scale in daily practice • Tips for schooling Grand Prix movements
Frankel - The Wonder Horse
The Champions Day meeting at Ascot in October 2012 saw Frankel win his 14th race and, in doing so, he maintained an astonishing 100% win ratio. This book charts the equine superstar's career, reliving all of his greatest triumphs.
Fox Gloves Field of View
In the early part of the 21st century, the countryside as we know it stands at a crossroads. Coming over the hill towards it is a storm of change greater even than the Agricultural Revolution, or the Depression of the 1930s. Rural areas are under threat from vast numbers of people with a different view of the countryside and different requirements of it, often, sadly, with no understanding of its ways and values, and what lies behind these. The pressure is on: rural people, the landscape in which they live and work, their skills and distinct way of life, are all at risk. Can the countryside survive?
The personal papers of Philip Godsal, carriage manufacturer, have been preserved in a remarkable archive which includes a diary which he maintained for37 years with every item of his personal expenditure. Previously unpublished, these papers allow the first extensive modern study of the "mystery" of coachmaking, and they provide an intimate portrait of a man and his business, his family and friends, and the world in which they lived. His circle of acquaintances ranged from the Prince of Wales, to whose Masonic lodge he belonged, the Prime Minister, William Pitt who was his customer, the actress Mrs Abington, from whom he bought a house, to Henry Fauntelroy, whom he sponsored as a freemason and who was hanged for forgery."
Churchill at the Gallop
Horses were at the heart of the Greatest Briton of them all, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. They were his escape in childhood, his challenge in youth, his transport in war, his triumph in sport, and his diversion in dotage. This book traces all the ways horses affected his life, from the rough ride his mother had while returning from a shooting party that caused Churchill's premature birth, to the time spent riding through childhood, and as he grew into adulthood, when riding horses increasingly became the means of proving the courage that was to become the very core of his being. The book covers his riding in the Royal Military Academy, his leading a 1,200 horse gallop of the Oxfordshire Hussars at Yeomanry camp, his boar hunting in France, his playing polo into his 50s, and his purchase at the age of 75 a front running grey that won 14 races and triggered ecstatic scenes as his homburg-hatted, cigar-chewing owner gave V for Victory signs in the unsaddling enclosure.
Horses of the Camargue
In this volume, photographer Hans Silvester points his lens at the famous horses of the Carmague region in southern France. Since prehistoric times, these rugged animals have run free in the vast swamps of the Rhone delta, where they have adapted to harsh conditions by banding together in small herds. Offering a glimpse of wild horse behaviour, this book shows the fierce white stallions as they protect their mares and foals and forage in their hostile but spectacular environment.
For over 100 years, the London Harness Horse Parade has been held on Easter Monday in Regent's Park. This annual celebration of the working horse is a major event in the city's calendar, with up to 300 vehicles taking part.
Out of the Desert
Upton's unrivalled knowledge of and passion for the Arab horse are well known, and his paintings and books on the subject are in demand world-wide. In Out of the Desert, he focuses on the Arab's influence on the light horse and pony breeds of Great Britain. The work is lavishly illustrated with Upton's own paintings and sketches, as well as archive photographs and fine art by artists such as Stubbs, Munnings, Sorolla and the Pre-Raphaelites. Throughout the narrative Upton draws on a rich source of quotes from contemporary and historic writers.The Arab is recognised as the world's oldest-known pure equine race, and in earlier centuries was eagerly sought after by the rich and powerful. This peerless breed had long been the first among horses, renowned for its strength, sagacity and speed. Due to the purity of its blood, the Arab displayed an unrivalled pre-potency, and its influence can be traced in breeds across the world - the Morgan horse, the Lipizzaner, the Percheron and many others. Upton's conclusion that Britain's native breeds have benefited from the benign influence of Arab blood may challenge the long-held views of some purists, but if you have a place in your heart for the horse or pony, you will undoubtedly want to find a place on your bookshelves for this superb book.
Little Book of Burghley
This is the second in a series of Little Books with an equestrian theme and anyone who follows the equestrian sport of eventing will thoroughly enjoy this series. The authors have been specially selected for their knowledge of their subjects while Kit Houghton's action photographs wonderfully compliment the text and bring to life the majesty and excitement of the equestrian disciplines.One of a series of five Little Books relating to horses.Little Book of BadmintonLittle Book of BurghleyLittle Book Of EventingLittle Book of DressageLittle Book of Showjumping
The revealing autobiography of one of the world's top horsemenAndrew Nicholson is one of the world's leading event riders. At only 23, he rode in his first Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, and has represented his native New Zealand in six Olympic Games and six world championships, winning medals of every color. Andrew is respected and admired by his peers and sporting fans as a brilliant rider and competitor. Now in his 50s, he is at the peak of his powers and, with the best team of horses he has ever had, is focused on winning one of the very few prizes to elude him-an individual gold medal-at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This book tells the story of the boy from a farm in New Zealand who came to Britain as a raw 19-year-old and conquered one of the most demanding sports in the world. Illustrated with superb photographs of Andrew's career and life with horses, it reveals how he got to the top and how hard he still strives to up his game. We discover the personalities of his top horses, and the secrets he has learned in his 35 years as a horseman.
Stable Lass: Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard
Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing PostBeing a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse.Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds.Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.
Sixty Years of Royal Welsh Champions
In Sixty Years of Welsh Champions, breed expert Dr Wynne Davies presents a complete record of equine champions from the Royal Welsh Show, 1947-2007. Arranged chronologically, each year lists the female and male champions from each of the four Sections, displaying their pedigree charts (going back to the great-great-grandparents), and records details of the breeder and exhibitor. Each entry is accompanied by a photograph, some of which have never before appeared in print. In addition, the introduction to the book offers a brief history of the show, detailing the changes in the Section classes and the story behind the fluctuation in the number of entries. Both a beautifully presented book with numerous stunning photos, and an exhaustive record of the event at the heart of the Welsh breeders calendar, this is a must have for every Welsh Pony and Cob enthusiast.
Second Chance: The Autobiography
The London 2012 Olympic medalist on his stunning comeback.Mark Todd's eventing career is the stuff of legends and encompasses one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.When he 'retired' from competing in eventing in 2000, he had already been named 'Rider of the Century' for his natural empathy with a horse and his extraordinary success, which included back-to-back Olympic gold medals, five Burghley wins and three Badminton victories. He has also show jumped to Olympic level and trained winners on the racecourse. Considered a legendary horseman by his peers, he seemed to have done it all.He returned to train racehorses in his native New Zealand but, eight years later, the idea of a comeback took root, part dare, part personal challenge to see if he could still cut it in a changed sport. Within eight months, he was riding at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in 2011 he hit the headlines by becoming the oldest rider to win Badminton. This was soon eclipsed by his stunning win at the London 2012 Olympics, however.The story of his progress from dairy farmer to world renown, is told with typically laid-back humour, but it reveals the fierce determination, discipline and personal sacrifice which lies behind the relaxed outlook.
The Man Behind the Mike
Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The pinnacle of Mike's career as a commentator was covering Nick Skelton's Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the BBC.In `The Man Behind the Mike' we learn about Mike's family history and the connection with the Badminton Estate where his grandfather farmed; The Beaufort Pony Club, a huge influence in his life with many top level riders being members; a visit to Australia, staying with the Roycroft family, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his efforts to become a successful event rider; and about Mike's second place at Badminton, which laid the foundations of his credibility as a rider and commentator. The `voice behind the microphone' had the experience and knowledge to commentate with authority and to command respect from the listening public at venues of not just horse trials but also show jumping, dressage, and shows in general. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise. We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and `The Man Behind the Mike'.