Tuesday, February 19, 2008

BTS: The Racehorse Buzzing in New Zealand!

Wow! Word sure travels fast! This writeup was posted on a website from New Zealand... Thanks are owed to David Aldred of BC Standardbred who a) noticed the book and b) took the time to write about it! An extra bonus is that one of the very, very helpful people who patiently answered my questions (Bill Young) is mentioned, which is extremely cool!

Veteran BC horsemen, Bill Young is featured in a newly released book "Behind The Scenes - The Racehorse".

The two page story briefly takes you back to the start of Bill's career at British Columbia's Ladner track and reflects on his life in the industry that he still actively participates in today as a trainer at Fraser Downs.

The book written by experienced horsewoman and author Nikki Tate and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, takes you behind the scenes to examine the fascinating world of the racehorse.

Tate takes you on a journey looking at the history of horse racing, from chariots to chuck wagons, the racing breeds, standardbreds, thoroughbreds and quarter horses, the role of trainers, grooms, drivers, riders, farriers track vets, outriders and paddock judges.

The author also shows her readers what a day in the life of a horse at the racetrack looks like and a horse's life after racing.

She also looks at problems that exist in our racing industry.

Almost every page features great colour photographs including a couple of shots of BC's Sandown Park.

Behind the Scenes, The Racehorse is informative and very interesting reading, particularly for the younger reader looking to find out some basics about horse racing.

The book is beautifully presented with excellent photographs.

David Aldred, BC Standardbred

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