The Sporting Horse
- Getty Images Illustrated Book of the Year 2019 – Shortlisted
The Sporting Horse is glorious celebration of the athletic abilities of these beautiful creatures, and the unique relationship between horse and rider. Working side-by-side for centuries, horse and man have achieved an incredible synergy – and nowhere is that more evident than in the sporting arena. Taking each of the four key sporting attributes – athleticism, speed, agility and endurance – veteran journalist Nicola Jane Swinney explores how hundreds of years of selective breeding and careful training have developed and refined these characteristics for certain sports. We see how essential characteristics inform performance across a diverse range of equestrian pursuits, from dressage to polo, snow sports to reining; and how the horse and rider will work as one to achieve sporting success. The book is beautifully illustrated by Bob Langrish, one of the world’s leading equestrian photographers.