A special copy of An Eventful Life, the book | An Eventful Life

A special copy of An Eventful Life, the book


An online auction is being run alongside the ERA support for Fire Affected Australian Equestrians Australia Day Fundraiser - bidding is now open and will close at 23.59 on the 31st January 2020.

There are lots of great products to bid on including a very special copy of An Eventful Life – Life Stories of Eventing Champions, the book that started it at all off for us in 2010

This lot features an original print run signed by the Olympians featured in the book; Megan Jones, Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney, Wendy Schaeffer and Sonja Johnson

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About the book

The equestrian sport of eventing is one of the world’s most demanding and thrilling sports, requiring athleticism, bravery and a special partnership between horse and rider.

It is also the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete directly against one another. Australia’s eventing riders are admired around the equestrian world. Their medal winning achievements at multiple Olympic Games and other international competitions are testament to the quality of eventing riders produced in Australia.

But what is it that makes these riders so special? This book, An Eventful Life, provides a written and pictorial insight into the lives of five elite Australian eventing riders; Megan Jones, Sonja Johnson Shane Rose, Wendy Schaeffer and Stuart Tinney. They are all Olympic medallists, they are all aiming for further medals and they are all based in Australia. An additional chapter on an up and coming rider, Emma Scott, gives an insight into how younger Australian riders view the world of professional equestrian sport.

Equestrian journalist and writer Alison Duthie spent time talking to these riders about their lives, their horses, their ambitions and their businesses. She visited their homes, followed them at competitions and met their partners – both human and equine! Their backgrounds, personalities and approaches to life vary but there are recurring themes of determination, passion and ambition. The result is a fascinating book comprising of six compelling individual stories which, when combined, provide an incisive overview of the sport of eventing in Australia.

Each of the five Olympic riders has a section dedicated to their story consisting of 32 pages of text and 16 pages of colour photographs. The section featuring young rider Emma Scott consists of 16 pages of text and 8 pages of colour photographs. The book also contains a chapter providing a background to the sport of Eventing and a record of Australian achievements in eventing at the Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games to 2009.

Find out more about the riders and the book here