You cannot hide away from it anymore and we are now a month away from Christmas. If you haven’t time to think about your Christmas shopping list, especially for the horse fanatic in your life or family member or friend that loves the rural life – don’t worry we can help! Even with the modern age of the digital download, nothing can replace a book in the hand and a record to look back on. We have selected the top equestrian and countryside books that anybody would be pleased to unwrap on Christmas morning. Here is our selection:
Cows In Trees by Julian Earl
Highly qualified veterinary surgeon Julian Earl, entertains the reader with a few of his favourite tales and events from his long career, not to mention the most bizarre of all – attending to a cow stuck in a tree! Chapters are littered with anecdotes, hilarious memories, and veterinary stories all told in a lighthearted style with plenty of examples and practical advice on what one should try and avoid when working as a veterinary surgeon. James Herriot for the 21st Century. Read a review here and click here to buy.
Christmas Sequel: 'Little Alf the Magic Helper' by Hannah Russell
It’s one week until Christmas and everyone’s in the Christmas spirit… But then a mysterious noise occurs in the enchanted forest and something has been eating all the carrots from Meadowlea stables.. It’s a race against time as Christmas gets nearer and there is a dangerous creature on the loose… Can Hannah and Little Alf solve the mystery before Christmas eve..? Click here to buy.
Fifty Bales of Hay by Roger Evans
Roger Evans faces each day on his dairy farm in Shropshire with a wonderful mixture of dry humour, sharp observation and a delight in the natural world and the animals around him. This latest book of his popular diary entries takes his fans through the weeks of the past two years and covers his beloved farm dogs, his cattle, his friends at the pub. He struggles through all weather, survives the ups and (mainly) downs facing everyone in the dairy industry and he encounters several unexpected events along the way. Very funny, uplifting and a joy to read. Click here to buy
The Cowgirl Jumped Over The Moon by Linda Ballou
Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks. Read a review here and click here to buy.
Horses, Divorces & Hissy Fits by Tina Cryer
Sahara feels her life has been ruined. She blames her mother for moving to a wreck of a house in the countryside, miles outside the city, away from her friends and everything she knows. Nothing will be the same again, but as the house renovations get underway, Sara begins to rebuild her life. Click here to buy.
Like Farmer, Like Son by Adam Henson
A popular presenter on the BBC's Countryfile show and a proud farmer who was born on a farm in Gloucestershire that he still runs today, Adam Henson talks about the unbreakable bond he shared with his father, Joe, in this poignant autobiography. Click here to buy
The Power of Coaching by Isla Auty and Penny Pollard
Merging the knowledge of equestrian sport with commercial business management and coaching, the book invites the coach and learner to consider the joint responsibility involved in creating a secure learning experience. Exploring such subjects as: self awareness, emotional resilience, mindset affecting performance and self reflection, the authors encourage the reader to constantly move forward, adapt and be tenacious. Learning from the best and worst experiences to further self confidence and skill ability. The relationship with the horse being pivotal, the book invites the coach and learner to be the ‘best they can be.’ Components are discussed that ensure facilitation and achievement of your goals – whatever they might be. Read a review here and click here to buy.
Mount by Jilly Cooper
In Jilly Cooper’s latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cut-throat world of flat racing.
Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne. Read a review here and click here to buy
Legend a True Story by Elizabeth Spencer
Elizabeth’s story begins in Surrey during the Second World War. Her father is away fighting and in 1943 Elizabeth and her mother move to Devon to live with Granny and Gramps. Elizabeth is four years old and it is here that her adventures begin.
Life on Dartmoor during the war is hard but full of possibilities for this young girl. Not yet five, she is the first to ride Legend. After numerous falls, Elizabeth and Legend finally become a team that goes on to win show after show, leading them to the The Royal International Horse Show and to success, that has not been repeated.