- Hardcover: 204 pages
- Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (April 11 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570764379
- ISBN-13: 978-1570764370
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How Good Riders Get Good: Daily Choices That Lead to Success in Any Equestrian Sport Hardcover – Apr 11 2011
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About the Author
Denny Emerson is an eventer, a trainer, a coach, and an activist who has achieved the United States Eventing Association's Wofford Cup for lifetime service to eventing. A former member of the United States Equestrian Team, he is also a regular contributor to the Chronicle of the Horse," an equestrian magazine. He lives in Strafford, Vermont and Southern Pines, North Carolina. Sandra Cooke is an equestrian journalist who has served in various editorial roles at "Practical Horseman." She lives in Winterport, Maine. "
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I am finding this book extremely well written and very inspirational. I wish I had a voice like Mr. Emerson's in my ear over 35 yrs ago. Although he speaks to those who would aim for the highest levels or pursue a career with horses, his advice applies to steady old plugs like myself who thrive on the pursuit and process of better and more subtle horsemanship (and yeah, I may yet get to the point where I feel I can kick ass). He does a very effective job of conveying life experience without turning the book into a memoir and is extremely thoughtful and insightful in his observations and advice.
Denny Emerson covers everything from body-type, to available time to devote to your sport, to the kind of horses to buy--and sell when they can't do the job you want them for. This is the perfect book for someone who loves horse and is thinking about getting involved in the horse world, but doesn't know anything about it. This book can get you going in the right directions where your dreams match up(as much as possible with a horse) to reality.
Filled with the life stories of many famous, and very successful riders, including Emerson himself, you can see how the course of events lined up with these riders' success. This book might steer you away from the wrong horse-the wrong style of riding-and a gigantic waste of time and money. My dream was to be around horses and I stumbled across(literally across the street) a barn that did Hunter/Jumper style lessons. The woman who owns the barn is around my age(meaning older) so she understands where I'm coming from. As I look at the other types of riding, I find that I'm suited for this type of riding(it's more style than daring), both mentally and physically so it all has worked out perfectly. Reading this book has only cemented my views, especially after seeing the other types of riding and what is necessary to compete in them.
A fun read if you love horses.
Wish I had something to read like this years ago when I was at that critical point of deciding my horse future (college and a good paying job to afford horses? ... or ... just go work at that barn and BE with horses day in and day out). Perhaps I would have had more courage to follow my dreams, perhaps not. But at least now, in my 30's, starting fresh with my first horse in 15 years I'm at another "horse" crossroads and this time I'm making sure to follow the "gonnabe" path.
I read this in one sitting, since I couldn't put it down and highlighted many snippets of sage advice. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation!
I decided early on I wanted to train horses rather than get a nonhorsey job that funds riding. I also decided early on that I didn't want kids (at age 34, still not interested). My husband is a non rider, but very supportive. We built a horse farm in Virginia from scratch, recently I started taking jumper lessons from a well known trainer. I teach low level lessons and green break lots of young horses right now, but my big dream is to ride in a Grand Prix jumper class at least once in my life!
Denny mentions sponsors and how to spot good trainers at the shows. I wish he gave more detail since my experience is more out of the show ring than in. Overall the book is fantastic if you want to know how the horse business works. Very happy I bought the book!