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Book tells of Steve’s wild ride through life
Chucked off yet again, and having watched his horse take off without him across the grassy slopes of Craven Country Ride, a bruised but unbeaten Steve Wright was confronted by the owner of the Coniston Cold riders’ playground.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, Steve,” quipped David Coates, the tell-it-as-it-is former event rider.
David had been a tad concerned – a short while earlier, another rider had told him how Steve’s handsome former racehorse had careered past him twice, both times without its rider.
“I think the common view was that I’d bitten off more than I could chew,” said Steve, who has now written a book about his experiences of taking up horseriding six years ago at the advanced age of 46, and the arrival in his life of Adelphi Warrior, or Alexander as he is known at the yard in East Marton.
Readers of the Craven Herald may well remember Steve from Daniel’s Diary – the column he co-wrote with his partner, Jenny Loweth, both reporters at the Herald’s sister paper, the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford.
The diary, written through the eyes of one of their horses, Daniel, told the highs and lows of horse ownership and was full of the kind of madness known only by those involved in the equestrian world.
It was two years ago that Adelphi Warrior arrived in their lives. They had come to the always sad decision to part with another of their horses, Baby, when they were confronted with Adelphi Warrior at Baby’s new home.
Jenny was unconvinced. They had it in mind to buy a new horse, but not the first they clapped eyes on, and certainly not a thoroughbred former racehorse, which are not known for their easy natures. But Steve was smitten and so began a new relationship.
Run With Your Heart has taken two years to write and follows Steve’s initial attempts to break into top level cross-country eventing at super fast speed.
“Adelphi Warrior, a tall young thoroughbred descended from the great Nijinsky, came most unexpectedly into my life making a childhood dream come true. Like me, he was something of a lost soul. I gave him the proud stable name Alexander and made excited plans for our future,” said Steve.
But some crashing falls and a reluctance on Alexander’s part, meant the emergence of a far more realistic goal which has seen the pair going almost back to basics.
Nevertheless, it had been a childhood dream to ride, and Steve is passionate, rather than obsessive, about his racehorse.
He was fanatical about horse racing as a child, but never dreamed he would ever ride, let alone own, his own ‘real-life red racehorse’.
Alexander suffered a terrible accident more than a year ago that could have put off a lesser owner, but the tenacious Steve refused to give up, nursed his horse back to health and is now progressing – at a much more productive speed.
One of Steve’s proudest moments was to see his book featured in the Racing Post.
“I’m so proud of what we have done with Alexander and I want to share my and his success with others, I really hope it will encourage others to take on ex-racehorses because there is a lot they can do,” he said.
Run With Your Heart is only available as an e-book through Amazon at £1.03.