Author: Gemma Hogg
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Being 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 adapt 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 is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.
Author: John Timpson
Publisher: Icon Books
When John Timpson, chairman of the eponymous high street chain, bought his wife Alex a racehorse in 2002, a friend commented that it would be ‘a marvellous way to lose money’. Soon they were immersed in a world of trainers’ yards, Novice Hurdles and handicaps, and well on the way to proving the old adage that the best way to make a small fortune is to start with a larger one, and buy a few racehorses. As the number of horses increased and Alex became a well-loved figure on the racing scene, John kept a diary of their experiences on and off the track. This witty book describes how racing brought something extra into their marriage – from Mondays at Ludlow to the Cheltenham Festival. It documents the wins, near misses, disappointments and occasional tragedies that make up a racing career – not to mention the friends made, the knowledge gained and the sheer thrill of it all. Under Orders is a joyous and humorous portrait of horseracing in Britain and a tribute to the owners whose dedication and enthusiasm make the whole thing possible. Sales of the book will raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
The Jumping Game
Author: Henrietta Knight
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
As the woman who trained the great Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups, no one could be better qualified than Henrietta Knight to discover what makes today's top jumps trainers succeed. From eccentric, outspoken Yorkshireman Mick Easterby, to elegant, aristocratic Venetia Williams, from Irish wizard, Willie Mullins, to perfectionist champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and young pretender, Dan Skelton, here is a dazzling cast of extraordinary characters, all with their quirks and foibles, but with one single-minded ambition – finding first-class horses and training them to win big races. Henrietta shares their dramatic journeys, methods and secrets of working in a tough, competitive industry. For the trainers, every win reignites the thrill of the sport and a craving for success that never dies. Their stories are fascinating, each one illustrated with unique photographs from private albums.
Author: Nick Skelton
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
With a show-jumping career spanning over forty years, Nick Skelton is a legend in the equestrian world. No other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Aachen, Geneva, Paris and Spruce Meadows. Skelton has competed in eight Olympic Games. He was part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team at London 2012 and made history by winning the individual Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016, riding at the age of fifty-eight his beloved horse Big Star. Nick Skelton began riding at the age of eighteen months on a Welsh pony called Oxo. At the age of seventeenth in 1975, Skelton took team silver and individual gold at the Junior European Championships. He has competed many times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning numerous medals, both individually and with the British team. In 1980 he competed in the Alternative Olympics, where he helped the British team to a silver medal. He still holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record that he set in 1978. In 2000, Skelton was forced into an early retirement after he broke his neck from a serious fall. But following an amazing recovery he came out of retirement in 2002 to compete again. Now he tells the full story of his eventful life and matchless achievements.
'Refreshingly honest [...] a highly enjoyable, fascinating read.' Horse and Hound "To ride into that arena, next to a sea of British flags and hear the roar of clapping and cheering, was so exciting. It's a sound I will never, ever forget." Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record-breaking performance at the London, 2012 Olympics. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. But no one quite knew what it took to get there, nor how hard the path to success would be – until now. Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was firmly the domain of the wealthy, not the life of a girl from a middle-class family. Her parents sacrificed all and with a undeterred focus, Charlotte left school at 16 to follow her dream. When she was invited to be a groom for the British Olympian Carl Hester, she began to ride Valegro, a dark bay gelding and an unbreakable bond was formed. This is their incredible story.
Race to My Dream
Author: Steven Wright
At the age of 58, crime reporter Steven Wright takes the sudden step of accepting redundancy from his job in Bradford. The horse lover leaves behind murders, shootings and drug dealers and opens the door to a long-held dream - to ride his ex-steeplechaser in a race! It had been a fairytale for Steven to become the proud owner of chestnut thoroughbred Adelphi Warrior, known as Alexander, after turning to horse riding in middle age as therapy for bankruptcy, a broken marriage and a drink problem. His longing to ride his beloved ex-racehorse on the track comes true when he finds himself out of a job and with time on his hands. But is the race a disastrous idea for a man whose gung-ho antics had labelled him the Mr Bean of local equestrianism? Race To My Dream tells how, against all odds, and at the combined age of 71, Steven and Alexander take on their greatest challenge. The book takes you with them as they prepare for their big day. And it plonks you in the saddle with Steven for the race itself. It recalls the seven years that preceded it; the dramatic falls, the uplifting triumphs, the painful injuries and the strange adventures that shaped Steven and Alexander into the partnership they are today. Along the way, man and horse fell for one another, hook, line and sinker, making Race To My Dream a kind of love story, as well as a roller coaster ride of heart-stopping moments of sheer terror, tears of sadness and hilarious clownish antics.
This carefully crafted ebook: “ULYSSES (Modern Classics Series)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Ulysses is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature, and has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". Ulysses chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between its characters and events and those of the poem (the correspondence of Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, Molly Bloom to Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus). Joyce divided Ulysses into 18 chapters or "episodes". At first glance much of the book may appear unstructured and chaotic; Joyce once said that he had "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant", which would earn the novel "immortality". James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, the short-story collection Dubliners, and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake.
Author: Eddie 'The Beast' Hall
Publisher: Virgin Books
Eddie 'The Beast' Hall is the first Brit in 24 years to win the World's Strongest Man competition, beating The Mountain from Game of Thrones. Everything about Eddie is huge. Standing at 6'3 he weighs almost 30 stone, and to make it through his hellish four-hour gym sessions he needs to eat a minimum of 10,000 calories a day. He eats a raw steak during weight sessions. His right eyeball once burst out of its socket under the strain. He put it back in. In his remarkable autobiography, Eddie takes you inside the world of the professional strongman - the nutrition, the training and competitions themselves. This is a visceral story of sporting achievement, an athlete pushing himself to the limits, and the personal journey of a man on the path to becoming being the best of the best. Contains strong language.
Looks at the life, career, and works of the American artist.
Author: SUE. LYON-HEAP
"Theparade paddock was a morass of sloppy mud slapping and sucking as the horseswere led around. I made my way to the start. The flag was raised - a pause -then down it came, and the field surged forward as one." Told from aseasoned perspective, Galloprecords the allure of the equestrianworld, the glory and disappointment of winning and losing, and illustratespersonal experience of life changing injury to both horses and riders withinthe high risk sports of Eventing and horse racing. Amidst the excitingdescriptions are pieces of hard-won advice for the thousands of Pony Clubmembers who hope to emulate their famous role models. What were the regrets,the author asks, the life-enhancing achievements? How did she break into theworld from a non-horsey background? With manydetailed, personal accounts including The Countryside March in 2002 and thethrill of competing at Badminton in the beautiful park of the Duke of Beaufort'sGloucestershire estate, Gallopillustrates the magic, thrills, tearsand hard lessons that horses and ponies give to us all.
Not Enough Time
Author: Henrietta Knight
Publisher: Head of Zeus
This is the rollercoaster story of a great love, between racehorse trainer Henrietta Knight and her husband, Terry Biddlecombe, a hell-raising ex-champion jockey, with two failed marriages and a history of alcoholism behind him. It is a story of triumph over tragedy, as together they reached the pinnacle of success in National Hunt racing and trained Best Mate to win three Cheltenham Gold Cups. It is also a tale of tragedy over triumph, which saw the great horse die at Hen's feet on Exeter racecourse and Terry passing away far too young, in 2014. Hen and Terry were called the odd couple because of their different backgrounds and lifestyles, but their love for each other was to produce one of the most endearing modern day racing romances. Here, in Hen's own moving, humorous, courageous words, is their story, told in full for the very first time.
This is the adventurous story of one woman who chose to pursue a lifelong dream rather than let a mid life crisis leave her wishing she had found the courage and energy to live life to the full while she still could. With an alarming lack of knowledge regarding all things equine, Caroline embarks on a journey to learn to ride, and then find her perfect horse who turns out to be a characterful little Highland pony called Pudding.Not only is this a thoughtful and often funny book a primer on what it means to become an adequate horsewoman (man), it is also a fantastic rollercoaster of a ride that takes you on an unrelenting search to find that illusive connection so valuable in building a relationship with a horse.If you've always loved horses but didn't know where to begin, and/or are in the middle of a mid life 'crisis' you want to avert, this book is for you. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down with this easy to read story, that's full of valuable insight on horses as well as how to manage your own mid life crisis with an enriching equine adventure.
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'. AUTHOR: Jane Wallace was born in Cambridge and started riding at an early age. She was soon spotted as showing talent and rode many of the top show ponies of the 1960s, winning at all the major shows including the Horse of the Year Show and Dublin Show. In 1989 Jane won the Individual Silver Medal at the European Championships at Burghley and was ranked 3rd lady rider in the world. Jane was a highly regarded hunter judge, judging at the major shows including The Horse of the Year Show. She taught and gave lectures/demonstrations in England and abroad. She continues to run a busy livery yard and still teaches. Jane has written several books, The Less Than Perfect Horse, Jumping is Jumping, Teaching Children to Ride and seven Threshold Picture Guides.
The Administrators edition of The Ultimate EU Test Book is designed for candidates preparing for European Personnel Selection office (EPSO) ADMINISTRATOR-level competitions. The Ultimate EU Test Book Administrators 2018 is packed with strategies, tips, advice and practice exercises and is relevant for all EPSO AD5-AD 9, Linguist, and AD Specialist exams. The focus is on the so-called pre-selection tests as this is where the great majority of candidates fail. There are chapters on the skills and shortcuts needed in tackling verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning questions, with comprehensive practice exercises designed to simulate AD-level competitions. Multiple choice questions are accompanied by detailed answer explanations to enable you to understand your mistakes and improve your speed and accuracy. The book also explains what situational judgement tests involve, with practice scenarios and provides a detailed guide to the whole EPSO exam process from start to finish. Note: Candidates for Assistant (AST or AST-SC) exams should use "The Ultimate EU Test Book Assistants 2018" and those who are successful at pre-selection should prepare for the later stages with "The Ultimate EU Test Book Assessment Centre 2018"Contents1. The EU Personnel Selection and Recruitment Process2. Verbal, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning Tests in EPSO Administrator Exams3. Succeeding in Verbal Reasoning Tests4. Verbal Reasoning Test (180 Administrator-level questions with full answer explanations)5. Succeeding in Numerical Reasoning Tests6. Numerical Reasoning Test (165 Administrator-level questions with full answer explanations)7. Succeeding in Abstract Reasoning Tests8. Abstract Reasoning Test (160 Administrator-level questions with full answer explanations)9. Succeeding in Situational Judgement Tests10. Situational Judgement Test (30 scenarios with explanation of options)