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
Julie Goodnight of Goodnight Training, Inc.
Sandy Collier, World champion NRCHA, NRHA & AQHA World Champion competition, horse trainer, clinical, author of Reining Essentials.
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
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
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.
Cindy Sydnor, Long-listed for the US Olympic Team Dressage Instructor, "R" dressage judge, USDF Examiner for Certification Program
About the Author
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?”