Renegade Champion: The Unlikely Rise of Fitzrada

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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""If you buy that horse, you're buying your daughter's death warrant," Jane Pohl's father was warned at the army barracks in the spring of 1941. But the potential that his teenage daughter Jane saw in the small, temperamental Thoroughbred was enough to convince him otherwise." "Earlier that year, when Fitzrada arrived at the army base where Jane's family lived, the horse was stubborn, unpredictable, and dangerous. Any man who dared saddle him up soon found himself face down in the dirt. Jane, excited to ride any horse and up for the challenge, had the most success with Fitz. She was patient and consistent, and the horse responded well at last, showing a great affinity for jumping. Then, inexplicably, a terrible riding accident resulted in serious injuries for both Jane and Fitz, and the army decided that it was time to destroy the horse. Heartbroken, Jane pleaded with her reluctant father: the only way to save Fitz was to buy him from the army." "Jane Pohl's foresight proved to be correct. Jane and Fitz went on to take the Virginia show jumping circuit by storm, winning 37 jumper and 6 hunter championships. At a time when women were rarely seen in jumping classes at horse shows and were not taken seriously by male competitors, Jane and Fitz helped to break down barriers against women riders competing in the Olympics. In 1946, Jane and Fitz found themselves at the Jumper Championship at the prestigious National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden - the highest jumping title in North America. The road there for horse and rider was a five-year test of faith, patience, and understanding friendship."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Introductionp. xix
Jump-Off in the Big Leaguep. 3
Independent to the Endp. 15
A Good Horse Turns Outlawp. 27
Learning from Cavalry Sergeantsp. 41
A Death Sentence from Janep. 63
Lost in Transitp. 81
Drowning in Quicksandp. 107
Honeysuckle to Skyscrapers: Fitz's Debutp. 121
Against All Odds: The 1946 Nationalp. 139
The "Young Girls" Take on the Prosp. 155
Horse Sense Deserts Janep. 167
In the Spotlightp. 175
Shotgun Weddingp. 187
The Way Outp. 201
From the Garden to the Pasturep. 209
Sowing Seedsp. 219
An Empty Stallp. 225
The Investigationp. 231
Last Classp. 241
The Next Great Adventurep. 259
Epiloguep. 269
Show Recordp. 279
Glossaryp. 283
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 287
Note to the Readerp. 295
About the Authorp. 299
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