Top level equestriennes in all different disciplines were interviewed about their life stories by author Karma Kitaj, who is an experienced interviewer via her years as a life coach and psychotherapist with high-achieving women. The people in the book talked about their joys, frustrations, and challenges as women entering fields that often were not welcoming to their gender, even though the horse is thought to be the equalizer in athletic competition.

Most of them reached the apex of their sport through their own resiliency and determination. Many did not have support from their families and had to learn to ride without the benefit of instruction. Their stories are inspirational and provide role models of people who were passionate about what they were doing and this passion drove them to persevere.

The book includes 30 photographs of the women competing and candids taken by the author.

A few of the women included in the book are:
Anne Kursinski, Olympic show jumper
Sally Swift, creator of Centered Riding
Linda Tellington-Jones, creator of Tellington T-Touch
Lindy Burch, pro cutter

It's inspiring to read about the lives of so many successful horsewomen- their accomplishment, their individuality and the simple things that make them seem like one of us. It's the latter that makes us think that if they can do it, maybe we can! And it's their unique strength and determination in the face of adversity that sets them apart and gives us something to strive for.

Julie Goodnight of Goodnight Training, Inc.

2018-03-13T18:30:35+00:00

Julie Goodnight of Goodnight Training, Inc.

It's inspiring to read about the lives of so many successful horsewomen- their accomplishment, their individuality and the simple things that make them seem like one of us. It's the latter that makes us think that if they can do it, maybe we can! And it's their unique strength and determination in the face of adversity that sets them apart and gives us something to strive for.
I am a voracious reader and seldom does a new book come into my life that totally captivates me. Karma has taken 13 of the most insightful, inspirational horsewomen of our time, distilled their essence and brought them right into our lives. Each using adversity as a challenge, hardship as a "leg up," creating a fulfilling and significant life. The book weaves a tapestry of their unique love, understanding and knowledge of hoses. I hope all who read it will be as inspired as I was.

Sandy Collier, World champion NRCHA, NRHA & AQHA World Champion competition, horse trainer, clinical, author of Reining Essentials.

2018-03-13T18:24:02+00:00

Sandy Collier, World champion NRCHA, NRHA & AQHA World Champion competition, horse trainer, clinical, author of Reining Essentials.

I am a voracious reader and seldom does a new book come into my life that totally captivates me. Karma has taken 13 of the most insightful, inspirational horsewomen of our time, distilled their essence and brought them right into our lives. Each using adversity as a challenge, hardship as a "leg up," creating a fulfilling and significant life. The book weaves a tapestry of their unique love, understanding and knowledge of hoses. I hope all who read it will be as inspired as I was.
There are many successful equestriennes. Yet the media love the horseman. Karma Kitaj's book brings the light back to the female side of this world, giving women readers the role models that previously lived in the shadows. They show us the trail to success.

Donna Snyder-Smith, Coach of Equestrian Biomechanics/ Author of The Complete Guide to Endurance Riding and Competition and 2 other books, Lifetime Achievement Award form American Riding Instructors Association, AHSA Judge

2018-03-13T18:27:39+00:00

Donna Snyder-Smith, Coach of Equestrian Biomechanics/ Author of The Complete Guide to Endurance Riding and Competition and 2 other books, Lifetime Achievement Award form American Riding Instructors Association, AHSA Judge

There are many successful equestriennes. Yet the media love the horseman. Karma Kitaj's book brings the light back to the female side of this world, giving women readers the role models that previously lived in the shadows. They show us the trail to success.
Women Riders Who Could... and Did will be attractive for women who have learned to ride late in life or those who have gotten back into it after raising families and focusing on careers. It's never too late to find horses as a wonderful outlet of exercise and companionship that are so good for our souls.

Melanie Smith Taylor, Olympic gold medalist team show jumping, Triple Crown of Show Jumping winner, US Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year in 1982, trainer and judge

2018-03-13T18:18:22+00:00

Melanie Smith Taylor, Olympic gold medalist team show jumping, Triple Crown of Show Jumping winner, US Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year in 1982, trainer and judge

Women Riders Who Could... and Did will be attractive for women who have learned to ride late in life or those who have gotten back into it after raising families and focusing on careers. It's never too late to find horses as a wonderful outlet of exercise and companionship that are so good for our souls.
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. Please encourage the younger generation to read Women Riders Who Could.. and Did, as these powerful women will give them tools to continue the dedication needed to succeed with horses for our future equestriennes.

Lynn Palm, 2007 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year, one of top clinicians in the US by Horse and Rider, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year.

2018-03-13T18:15:03+00:00

Lynn Palm, 2007 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year, one of top clinicians in the US by Horse and Rider, AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year.

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. Please encourage the younger generation to read Women Riders Who Could.. and Did, as these powerful women will give them tools to continue the dedication needed to succeed with horses for our future equestriennes.
The women Karma Kitaj writes about deserve our attention and admiration. It's a worthwhile book for young riders who aspire to be professionals. The stories of these women will give them the courage to try for the best even though they have encountered challenges.

Cindy Sydnor, Long-listed for the US Olympic Team Dressage Instructor, "R" dressage judge, USDF Examiner for Certification Program

2018-03-13T22:18:35+00:00

Cindy Sydnor, Long-listed for the US Olympic Team Dressage Instructor, "R" dressage judge, USDF Examiner for Certification Program

The women Karma Kitaj writes about deserve our attention and admiration. It's a worthwhile book for young riders who aspire to be professionals. The stories of these women will give them the courage to try for the best even though they have encountered challenges.

About the Author

Karma Kitaj

In publishing books about high-achieving people, Karma Kitaj (pronounced “Key-Tie”) has tied together a long-standing love of books with a family emphasis on lifelong learning. As a teenager, Karma devoured Great Books – Dostoevsky, Proust, Kafka. Her mother, an English teacher, grilled her on grammar so she could place first in state English and Latin competitions. In the mid-1980s, when she was turning 40, Karma, a licensed social worker with a thriving private practice, returned to school to complete her Ph.D., responding to her elderly Viennese grandmother’s insistent question: “When are you going to finish your studies?”