David wood chats with 4 time Olympian Mary Hanna about her new book Mary Hanna a long rein.
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“Hello Good Lifers,
I’m sure you have heard me rambling on against jumps racing, whips, gambling on horses… but I DO love the animals themselves. I must admit my only ‘close encounters’ with them have been through an early love for Silvie, a little old horse who used to pull the baker’s cart and was then retired to a paddock I passed each morning on my way to school and, more recently, with the beautiful Phoenix who lived in the paddock between my house and “next door”. Sadly, when the house was sold Phoenix moved on too.
I do love to see them in all their pride at dressage events, so was pleased to speak on air a few weeks ago with Mary Hanna, author of “A Long Rein” and a successful Olympic equestrienne. And that is how I came to be at Horseland
the other evening for the launch of Mary’s book – and found myself in another world!
This vast emporium is the David Jones of the horse world and I gasped at the range of accoutrements on offer and also at the prices! A hand-made diamente studded bridle was priced at $799 and a friendly horse owner to whom I was chatting told me that a friend of hers had paid $1,200 each for two custom made bridles. The air was redolent with the smell of new leather from the elaborate saddles lining the wall…. Lovely!
It was a very pleasant evening, Mary was a most interesting speaker and I found a “victim” for the program….a local artist who specialises in horsey art works. She is having an exhibition at Horseland quite soon and I hope to be speaking to her on the program. ”