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Book review: Stories from the Saddle

STORIES FROM THE SADDLE

Author: Samantha Miles

Publisher: ABC Books

RRP: $35

STORIES From the Saddle contains stories that any young rider who has ever dreamed of Olympic glory in equestrian events will want to read.

Author Samantha Miles is a long time rider who shares the stories of Australia's leading and legendary equestrian riders in everything from dressage, three-day eventing and show jumping.

In the end, what sets this sport apart, as Miles notes, is the horse, with its mindset providing problems for even the most experienced riders.

Stories From the Saddle gives you a rare insight into the life of equestrian riders and their horses, from the good, the bad and the downright snarly.

There's plenty of humour about those moments when things go wrong, but also stories of courage and determination.

This is a must-have book for anyone who dreams of one day owning their own horse.

It is not only filled with delightful tales and previously unpublished photographs but is also a tribute to how beautiful and unpredictable this much loved animal can be.

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