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The Arabian Horse and Its Influence in South Afrika (Hardcover): Charmaine Grobbelaar The Arabian Horse and Its Influence in South Afrika (Hardcover)
Charmaine Grobbelaar 1
R96 Discovery Miles 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Arena Legacy - The Heritage of American Rodeo (Hardcover): Richard C. Rattenbury Arena Legacy - The Heritage of American Rodeo (Hardcover)
Richard C. Rattenbury; Foreword by Larry Mahan; Photographs by Ed Muno
R1,706 R1,344 Discovery Miles 13 440 Save R362 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From its roots in cowboy and vaquero culture to the big-business excitement of today's National Finals competitions, rodeo has embodied the rugged individualism and competitive spirit of the American West. Now the long trajectory of rodeo culture comes fully alive in "Arena Legacy." Showcasing the unrivaled collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this lavishly illustrated volume is the first to depict rodeo's material and graphic heritage.

Richard Rattenbury opens "Arena Legacy" with an engaging and richly illustrated history of rodeo, from its first recorded competition in Colorado in 1869, to its role in county fairs, cattlemen's conventions, and old settlers' reunions across the West, to its rise to national prominence between 1920 and 1960.

Following its historical overview, "Arena Legacy" features an extensive pictorial gallery of signature materials. A series of colorful portfolios reveals treasured artifacts from rodeo life, including costumes, trophies, buckles, and riding equipment. Here the reader will discover lavish artistry in leather and silver, flamboyant expression in western dress, and the interpretive work of both fine artists and commercial illustrators.

Certain to delight a diverse audience of rodeo aficionados, participants, collectors, and historians, this stunning volume is a fitting tribute to America's truly western sport.

Horse Crazy - The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal (Standard format, CD): Sarah Maslin Nir Horse Crazy - The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal (Standard format, CD)
Sarah Maslin Nir
R896 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R262 (29%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Distant Skies - An American Journey on Horseback (Paperback): Melissa A Priblo Chapman Distant Skies - An American Journey on Horseback (Paperback)
Melissa A Priblo Chapman
R535 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Driving Horse-Drawn Carriages for Pleasure - The Classic Illustrated Guide to Coaching, Harnessing, Stabling, etc. (Paperback,... Driving Horse-Drawn Carriages for Pleasure - The Classic Illustrated Guide to Coaching, Harnessing, Stabling, etc. (Paperback, New edition)
Francis T Underhill
R476 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Comprehensive and entertaining guidebook describes how a well-turned out carriage should look and be handled. Wealth of information about horses, harnesses, coaches, stables and liveries, plus "suggestions to the inexperienced." Over 100 captioned period photographs of coachmen, carts, gigs, phaetons, landaus, runabouts, much more.

The Classic Guide to Polo (Hardcover): T. F. Dale The Classic Guide to Polo (Hardcover)
T. F. Dale
R288 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Polo is perhaps the most ancient of games.' Often called the 'Sport of Kings', the fast and furious game of polo has a long and varied history. Originating in Persia, the popularity of the game spread to North Africa, China and the Indian subcontinent, where it was picked up by the British. Polo is now played professionally in numerous countries and continues to inspire as a sport celebrating the alliance between human and horse, as enjoyable to observe with a drink in hand as it is in which to participate. In 1905, T. F. Dale created the definitive manual for the sport, explaining its origins and rules, offering strategic advice, and reflecting on what might be to come. The Classic Guide to Polo reveals that Dale's instructions and observations are as relevant today as they were at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Rodeo Nebraska (Hardcover): Mark Harris Rodeo Nebraska (Hardcover)
Mark Harris; Foreword by Candy Moulton
R838 R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Dog Sledding in New England (Paperback): Bruce D. Heald A History of Dog Sledding in New England (Paperback)
Bruce D. Heald
R456 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dancer's Image - The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (Paperback): Milton C. Toby Dancer's Image - The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (Paperback)
Milton C. Toby
R458 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On May 4, 1968, Dancer's Image crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the 94th Kentucky Derby. Yet the jubilation ended three days later for the owner, the jockey and the trainers who propelled the celebrated thoroughbred to victory. Amid a firestorm of controversy, Dancer's Image was disqualified after blood tests revealed the presence of a widely used anti-inflammatory drug with a dubious legal status. Over forty years later, questions still linger over the origins of the substance and the turmoil it created. Veteran turfwriter and noted equine law expert Milt Toby gives the first in-depth look at the only disqualification in Derby history and how the Run for the Roses was changed forever.

There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders (Hardcover): Mary Twelveponies There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders (Hardcover)
Mary Twelveponies; Foreword by John Lyons
R809 R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Horse Racing's Strangest Tales (Paperback): Andrew Ward Horse Racing's Strangest Tales (Paperback)
Andrew Ward 1
R229 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Extraordinary but true stories from over 150 years of racing. This hilarious, sideways look at horse racing vividly recounts many of the strangest moments and oddest incidents from over 150 years of the sport's history. Andrew Ward recalls the time when spectators mounted two fallen horses and rode them to second and third places; the race which had to be re-run because the judge wasn't in his box at the finish; the ultrasonic binoculars that allegedly stunned a horse and unseated a jockey at Ascot, and many more. A totally original, offbeat collection of extraordinary but true stories, Horse-Racing's Strangest Races will be a delight to all lovers of the turf. Word count: 60,000

Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic - A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings (Revised)... Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic - A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings (Revised) (Paperback)
Anne Kursinski; As told to Miranda Lorraine; Photographs by Amber Heintzberger
R826 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} Olympian Anne Kursinski's acclaimed book on riding horses over fences delivers on-target counsel and the kind of sophisticated, quality instruction you can only get in top stables around the world. Let this medal-winning international competitor show you 'how it's done' with step-by-step descriptions of 20 exercises to improve your position, your 'feel', and your overall understanding of how to confidently and successfully master a jump course. Throughout, explanations are clarified with hundreds of illuminating photographs, completely reshot in full colour for this new edition. Inside, you'll find a top-notch education in basic flatwork and jumping, including bending, adjusting stride length, moving laterally, riding straight lines and curves, jumping without stirrups, and flying changes. You'll also learn advanced flatwork and jumping, with lessons in flexion and collection, counter-canter, half-pass, ways to perfect distances and count strides, and tips for riding different kinds of combinations, bigger jumps, and natural fences. In addition, this revised edition includes a new chapter on riding derby-style courses. Now with all new colour photographs!

Great Women in the Sport of Kings - America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories (Hardcover, 1st ed): Scooter Toby... Great Women in the Sport of Kings - America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Scooter Toby Davidson
R717 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although it has only been thirty years since the first female jockey rode onto the then male-only turf of thoroughbred horse racing, they have since made their mark on the racetrack and in the winner's circle. Great Women in the Sport of Kings, the first book to consider the phenomenon of female jockeys, takes an in-depth look at their lives.

Through the oral histories of ten top female jockeys, the authors offer intimate portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top of thoroughbred horse racing. In her Introduction, women's sports historian Mary Jo Festle explores the larger issues of women in sport, sexism in horse racing, the struggles female jockeys face, and the significance of their success.

They're Off! Horse Racing Saratoga - Horse Racing at Saratoga (Hardcover): Edward Hotaling They're Off! Horse Racing Saratoga - Horse Racing at Saratoga (Hardcover)
Edward Hotaling
R1,085 R844 Discovery Miles 8 440 Save R241 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Here, for the first time, is the story of how America's first national resort gave birth to, then nurtured, its first national sport, introducing the country to a parade of champions and their spectacular supporting characters. To experience this adventure is to see why the Saratoga Race Course, America's oldest major sports facility remains one of its most beloved and most successful. They're Off! is as much a social history as it is sports history. Edward Hotaling opens with a little-known visit by the first famous tourist, George Washington, who tried to buy the place he called "the Saratoga Springs". Soon the pursuit of happiness at our original vacationland helped redefine America. Even at the height of the Civil War, the country's first organized sport was launched on a national scale.

Girl on a Pony (Paperback, New Ed): LaVerne Hanners Girl on a Pony (Paperback, New Ed)
LaVerne Hanners
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Girl on a Pony is the gritty, humorous, unflinchingly courageous story of five children growing up on a cattle ranch in the remote Valley of the Dry Cimarron in northeastern New Mexico near the little border town of Kenton, Oklahoma. Narrated years later by the oldest daughter, LaVerne, it is a vivid and authentic portrait of ranching life between the two world wars, from 1925, when the family moved to the Goodson Ranch from a half-dugout claim shack in Colorado, to 1936, when they began to disperse.

During those years, people in the region endured blizzards, sick and maddened animals, drought, the Dust Bowl, and the Great Depression-with stoic good humor. In Girl on a Pony, cowboys go about their daily tasks, teaching the children all they know. Women endure the hardships of life in an isolated area, coping with the brutal labor ranch life requires of them, and maintaining touches of beauty and civilization where they can-creating lawns from relentlessly rocky soil, holding dances for their children, and painstakingly tatting when all else fails.

Battleship - A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse (Paperback): Dorothy Ours Battleship - A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse (Paperback)
Dorothy Ours
R379 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The moving story of a tough little horse, a gifted boy, and a woman ahead of her time.
The youngest jockey, the smallest horse, and an unconventional heiress who disliked publicizing herself. Together, near Liverpool, England, they made a leap of faith on a spring day in 1938: overriding the jockey's father, trusting the boy and the horse that the British nicknamed "the American pony" to handle a race course that newspapers called Suicide Lane. There, Battleship might become the first American racer to win England's monumental, century-old Grand National steeplechase. His rider, Great Britain's Bruce Hobbs, was only seventeen years old.
Hobbs started life with an advantage: his father, Reginald, was a superb professional horseman. But Reg Hobbs also made extreme demands, putting Bruce in situations that horrified the boy's mother and sometimes terrified the child. Bruce had to decide just how brave he could stand to be.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the enigmatic Marion duPont grew up at the estate now known as James Madison's Montpelier--the refuge of America's "Father of the Constitution." Rejecting her chance to be a debutante, denied a corporate role because of her gender, Marion chose a pursuit where horses spoke for her. Taking on the world's toughest race, she would leave her film-star husband, Randolph Scott, a continent away and be pulled beyond her own control. With its reach from Lindbergh's transatlantic flight to Cary Grant's Hollywood, "Battleship" is an epic tale of personal drive to test one's own true worth.

Running with Sherman - The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion (Hardcover, Main): Christopher... Running with Sherman - The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion (Hardcover, Main)
Christopher McDougall 1
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From the author of the international bestseller Born To Run When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans. Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working, pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for. With the aid of Chris's menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife Mika and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.

I'm Champion, Call Me Bob 2018 - My Story (Paperback): Bob Champion I'm Champion, Call Me Bob 2018 - My Story (Paperback)
Bob Champion 1
R378 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack (Paperback): Kimberly Gatto Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack (Paperback)
Kimberly Gatto
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the late eighteenth century, in the bustling city streets of Louisville, began a tradition of thoroughbred racing that has transcended centuries. Follow Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world's most famous racing venue, which revolutionized the "Sport of Kings" and created the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap races. Fans will enjoy the tales of various horses, from the early triumph of Ten Broeck over Mollie McCarthy to the Derby victory of the heroic Barbaro. Churchill Downs: America's Most Historic Racetrack recounts how various financial hardships, the introduction of parimutuel wagering, the construction of the famed twin spires and the age of television transformed Churchill Downs into the majestic track we recognize today.

The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need - Care, Training, and Rehabilitation for Rescues, Purchases, and Adoptions (Paperback):... The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need - Care, Training, and Rehabilitation for Rescues, Purchases, and Adoptions (Paperback)
Stacie G Boswell
R787 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R150 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} In the United States alone, it is estimated that almost 150,000 horses per year are unwanted. This number grows exponentially when you consider horses worldwide. What is 'unwanted'? The term is used to refer to horses that are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, or fail to meet expectations. The horse may have a lameness or illness...or he could just be the wrong colour or gender. His problem could be life-threatening...or chronic and manageable. He may have a mild behavioural problem... or a severe one. The good news is, today, more and more individuals are choosing to give an unwanted horse a second chance. Whether through purchase, adoption, or rescue, the horse in the 'wrong' situation has a chance to find his way to the 'right one'. Dr. Stacie Boswell's goal is to restore health and comfort to every horse in transition, and to help him learn how to function as the horse he is expected to be - from the Thoroughbred off the track to the grade pony from the field down the road. She has compiled hundreds of case studies highlighting the areas of concern in the horse 'in need', and in these pages details proactive methods of handling common medical problems and health issues, from nutrition and dentistry to deworming and hoofcare to traumatic injury and emergency rescue scenarios. Dr. Boswell then explains the ways that, as a new horse is rehabilitated physically, specific training techniques can help him adapt to the positive changes in his care and environment.

Form - My Autobiography (Paperback): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Kieren Fallon 1
R256 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R84 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Kieren Fallon 1
R571 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R200 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Racing Post Guide to the Flat 2019 (Paperback): David Dew Racing Post Guide to the Flat 2019 (Paperback)
David Dew
R365 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R77 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Racing Post Guide to the Flat includes exclusive, extended trainer interviews, profiles of over 250 horses to run during 2019, specialist selections for horses to follow, dark horses unearthed and set to shine and Topspeed and Racing Post Ratings.

RFO Flat Racing Guide 2019 (Paperback): Dylan Hill RFO Flat Racing Guide 2019 (Paperback)
Dylan Hill
R306 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R63 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Regularly described as `the best buy in racing', Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2019 Flat season is essential reading for all racing fans. The book features interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; a racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Tom Collins and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead.

Seabiscuit - The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse (Paperback, New Ed): Laura Hillenbrand Seabiscuit - The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse (Paperback, New Ed)
Laura Hillenbrand 3
R314 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R83 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse – seabiscuit – that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history as modern America was born out of the crucible of the Depression and the dustbowl, as the twentieth centuries greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds.

In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history just as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks which led to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. Seabiscuit is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West Showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.

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