Month: November 2017

Vale Gillian Rolton OAM

Vale Gillian Rolton OAM

In Australian households the name Gillian Rolton is synonymous with eventing. Perhaps best know for her two team gold Olympic medals in eventing on her horse Peppermint Grove, Gillian was an institution in the Australian equestrian community. It was with great sadness that we learnt […]

John Maclean – A story of perseverence

John Maclean – A story of perseverence

In 1988 John Maclean was a semi professional football player in training for a triathalon when he was hit by an 8 tonne truck and paralysed. As an incomplete paraplegic John was determined to walk again. After much battling and hard work, he realised that […]

Book Review – Loxwood

Book Review – Loxwood

Over the last week, I have devoured the Loxwood series by Grace Wilkinson. Some of you may already know about how much I love to get comfortable and dive into a good equestrian read and the Loxwood series certainly fits the bill.

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The Loxwood series, set in Newmarket England, follows the story of 17 year old exercise rider, Georgia James. While track work also Georgia an entry into the equestrian world as well as helping to build up her bank her passion lies in the sport of eventing.

From the first moment Georgia lays eyes on Loxwood she falls in love and knows that he will have a bright future when his racing days are over. When Loxwoods owners come to see him run and realise he will never be a successful racehorse, Loxwood is gifted to Georgia.

The five books in the series follow the highs and lows of Georgia and Loxwoods journey together. This is perhaps what I love most about these books. It is not a whimsical story of smooth sailing where girl and pony experience untold success almost instantly. In the pages of the story author Grace Wilkinson brings Georgia’s ambition to life and provides readers with an insight into the reality of life with horses. From reading the books it is evident that Grace Wilkinson has spent much time in the horse world. Unlike other horse books, the Loxwood series in grounded in the reality of life with horses, the heartbreak, the small vicotories and progress. Georgia and Loxwood do not instantly rise to fame and fortune, they experience ups and downs.

While the Loxwood series was easy to read, it was by no means lightweight. Grace also deals sensitively with several topical issues the dangers of eventing including rider death on course and the darker side of the racing industry.

Loxwood Lap of Honour

If you are a horse lover, I cannot recommend these books highly enough. Best of all they are available on the Amazon Kindle store meaning that you don’t have to wait! You can find Book 1 – Loxwood here.

You can follow Grace Wilkinson of Twitter and Facebook.

My values as an equestrian

My values as an equestrian

I recently listened to the #HorseHour podcast ‘Train your brain’ episode. In this episode host Amy Frost talked to performance coach Jenni Winter about how we can harness our brains to maximise performance with our horses. During this conversation, Jenni discussed the importance of our […]