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Book Review: Riding for the Team

Many young athletes grow up with a goal of reaching the Olympics and the glories of their sport’s highest levels. It’s no different for equestrians, whether they ride English, Western, vault, or drive a carriage.

From playing with plastic ponies and taking their first riding lessons to finding success in the arena, thousands of horse lovers hope they can one day represent the United States in international competition. Riding for the Team chronicles the lives of those who dreamed about competing for their country and “made it”. It shares inspirational stories from the international governing organization’s eight equestrian disciplines: show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, endurance, and para-dressage.

Riding for the TeamReaders are immersed in the fascinating histories of the medal-winning equestrians who have dominated American equestrian sport over the past 28 years, such as McLain Ward, Karen O’Connor, Debbie McDonald, and Tim McQuay. Get the inside scoop on legendary horses who have become household names, including Flexible, Biko, Verdades, and Gunners Special Nite.

Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of top-level equestrian sport. Athletes tell their stories and those of their horses during the years they honed their talent and dedicated their lives to representing their country in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games.

Beautifully illustrated with breathtaking photographs from prestigious competitions held around the world, Riding for the Team not only provides a dazzling record of American equestrian accomplishment, it promises to inspire the next generation of champions. Published by Trafalgar Square Books. Order at www.horseandriderbooks.com and other booksellers.

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