My Animals and Other Family

My Animals and Other Family

Book - 2013
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"Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. Her father a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life's toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables and the idyllic Hampshire Downs. From the protective Candy to the pot-bellied Valkyrie and the frisky Hattie, each horse and each dog had their own character and their own special part to play. The running family joke was that "women ain't people". Clare has to prove them wrong, to make her voice heard - but first she had to make sure she had something to say"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2013
ISBN: 9781594205620
Branch Call Number: 798.4 BAL 2013 23
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 05, 2014

Clare's father was trainer to her maternal grandfather, a horse trainer, which was how they met. Queen Elizabeth stabled her horses there, and Clare grew up knowing the Queen. She herself was low on the pecking order, below the animals, who accepted her and her brother anyway. Eventually she was allowed to walk the horses, and proved to be good at it. She fell in love with them. Eventually she raced for a while as a teenager, in the same races as Princess Anne, with whom she had words. But while horses were her family's whole world, she wanted to go to college. Ultimately, she went to Oxford. She was able to get a job on BBC where her posh voice and her knowledge, and no doubt her connections, gave her an edge as an announcer. First at the Olympics, now she has a show. She is a lesbian, lives in London. What does the Queen think? Interesting life, with a great interest in horses, just not what her family expected of her.

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runbei
Dec 25, 2013

Superbly entertaining, wonderfully readable, deeply human, funny, and warmly engaging. I simply cannot understand the reason this wonderful book had a two-star rating when I submitted this comment.

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