I ordered the book Wylde Ride: A Horseman's Story by Joe Dotoli with a gift card I received for Christmas.
Feeling a little tired and un-motivated for any equestrian activity like cleaning tack, I picked it up last night and started reading. I did not put the book down until I had finished it.
The book is not long - only 130 pages or so but it is a well written story about an excellent horseman. Peter Wylde is a show jumper and won the Individual Bronze Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain and was on the Olympic Gold Medal winning show jumping team in Athens, Greece in 2004.
More important than his accomplishments in the show ring, he is a person who cares about his horses. He braided his own horse at the Olympic games. He puts the care of his horses above winning and he works really hard.
Joe Dotoli and his wife originally trained Peter as an equitation rider at their farm in Massachusetts so you get an inside look into the life of one of the top equestrians. The book is well worth the read!