Year of the Horse: A Journey of Healing and Adventure by Marjorie SimminsYear of the Horse: A Journey of Healing and Adventure by Marjorie Simmins

Year of the Horse: A Journey of Healing and Adventure

byMarjorie Simmins

Paperback | September 7, 2016

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After a severe horseback riding accident in 2011, journalist and author Marjorie Simmins finds herself unable to walk. During the slow months of recovery, Simmins replays a lifetime of memories related to her beloved horse companions and the adventures they shared. Finally back on her feet, she makes a bold and surprising decision: she will ride again, in a discipline that is new for her, and she will even compete in a horse show--her first in 42 years. Vancouver-raised Simmins decides that 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse, is her time for a comeback. Exhilarated but nervous, the former hunter-jumper of modest ability commits to full-time training as a Western rider. Dynamic and lyrical, Year of the Horse shares the heart-lurching highs and lows of a 55-year-old horsewoman determined to put the pain behind her and to create the sunniest of futures with new, extraordinary horses in it. On board Winnie, a dazzling quarter horse palomino, she grows stronger and more capable again. The mare challenges Simmins and pushes her to the edge of her emotional and physical limits.Simmins' initially modest goals take fire and she finds the support of a whole new horse community across Nova Scotia. These individuals welcome her, with a warmth that reminds her of the vibrant horse community of Southlands in Vancouver, where she rode in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Year of the Horse is written for every horsewoman or -man who's had a serious setback and never lost the love of the sport, or the animal. It's for every person who at some point has had a serious physical or emotional injury and said, "I can't heal, I can't go forward" and then did.
An award-winning writer and journalist, Marjorie Simmins divides her time between Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Author of the popular memoirCoastal Lives, she teaches memoir writing across Canada. She shares her life with her husband, writer and filmmaker Silver Donald Cameron, and she plans to write forever.
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Title:Year of the Horse: A Journey of Healing and AdventureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2016Publisher:POTTERSFIELD PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897426909

ISBN - 13:9781897426906

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Personal Story So many of us grew up loving horses and this book takes us through one woman's lifetime love of horses, and how she learned to ride again after a fall. A story about getting up and trying again. I really liked it.
Date published: 2017-02-10