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Riding for Life

by Ann Bowes

To own a horse is still the dream of many young girls. Ann Bowes was twenty-three and the mother of three young children before her dream came true. After the tragic death of one of her children, Ann became more involved than ever in charity work, then slowly another idea began to take shape - to embark on a lifelong dream - to go on a great adventure on a horse.

Not just any horse. The horse she chose was very special to her. Dannyboy was bred by Ann and named after the son she had lost, Dan. Together they embarked on a journey across Northern England, and Ann's knowledge and love of the countryside helped her come to terms with life, and the inevitable realities we all must face.

From the first initial steps in planning the ride, the journey across the country with all its hazards and joys to the triumphant finish on the east coast, this book will keep you captivated and you will find yourself riding along with Ann every mile of the way. It is an inspiration to all to follow their dreams, especially those who have been touched by tragedy.

As featured on 'Dales Diary' with Luke Casey

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'A beautiful story of a remarkable journey by a
determined countrywoman'

Nicholas Rhea
(Author of the 'Constable Books' which inspired 'Heartbeat')

'A spirited, humble and up-lifting celebration of life
adversity, told with great economy and compassion
and full of affection for all living things.'

Richard Burridge
(Author of 'The Grey Horse')

'A very interesting and enjoyable read'

Bob Champion
(famous jockey of Grand National winner 'Aldaniti')

Riding for Life

Riding for Life, A journey across the North of England by Ann Bowes

Price:- Was £16.95 now only £8.95 (p&p £3)

Beautifully illustrated with ink drawings by local animal portrait artist Linda Tindall-Raw.

Hardback 263 pages

Riding for Life and Friends Forever
Ride for Life foal

Foreword from the book by Richard Burridge

Having known Ann for a few years, I was happy to lend her my famous horse to help with her cross-country fund-raising ride. Having known Ann for a few years, I would hardly have dared refuse.

After she told me she'd written an account of her ride, I said I'd be happy to look at it. She dropped off a disc and I put off reading it. I was busy, you know how it is.

One night I started reading at about 10pm. I finished after 4 am, mesmerised and enchanted. I felt - I still feel - privileged to have read a moving, beguiling story about Yorkshire, about community, about pain and resilience, a story told with great economy and compassion, and so full of affection for all living things that it touched me very deeply.

She paints a picture of England which is both disappearing and still with us, showing us a life on the moors through all its varied seasons. From her poor but idyllic Yorkshire childhood, through the terrible pain of a loss of a child, her indomitable spirit shines, making us feel part of something bigger than ourselves.

Enriched by Linda Tindall-Raw's beautiful, evocative illustrations, I believe this is a special book, and a wider public will respond, like me, to its spirited, humble and up-lifting celebration of life and adversity, both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.