New book includes interviews with top equestriennes who tell it all
Very few competitive sports place men and women on the same playing field. Even with the horse being an equalizer in competitive equine events, women still have challenges getting to the top echelons of their sport. The 13 women interviewed for Women Riders Who Could...and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes, are unusual in that they did rise to the top – in competition, as coaches, instructors, authors and public speakers. Contrary to expectation, they did so by sheer grit, by determination and the passion they had for riding and horses.
The stories of all the women can inspire and motivate, for example:
- Olympic show jumping competitor and coach Anne Kursinski came from roots in the West, where few top competitors started, where she was under the thumb of an autocratic mail trainer.
- Top pro Western cutter Lindy Burch would have become a bench scientist, if not for her love of the sport and her fierce determination.
- Visionary creator of Centered Riding, the late Sally Swift lived with debilitating scoliosis and came into her own in her 60s when she published her first book.
Lynn Palm, equine clinician and 2007 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year, says, “Karma Kitaj’s book is a perfect example of hearing your own horse stories from other horsewomen that you can truly admire! If you are looking for inspiration, confidence, or need to take charge of your life through and with horses, these top horsewomen will set the guidelines.”
Women Riders Who Could…and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes
229 pages + 30 photos
Available in pre-publication sales, www.HuckleHillPress.com