Free Rein

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HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2003 - Athletes - 323 pages
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The autobiography of two-time Olympic gold medallist equestrian Gillian Rolton.Gill Rolton is one of Australia's most accomplished riders. Her riding career has spanned over 30 years and includes Olympic Games, World Championships and internationals. Even more impressive when you find out Gill started eventing and showjumping at the relatively late age of 21.Free Rein follows Gill from her days as a horse-mad, music-loving Adelaide surfie chick to her inclusion in the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. She reveals how injury to horse and rider meant she missed out on the LA Olympics and also on Seoul. After the incredible low of dealing with the harrowing death of a talented horse from botulism, Gill tells of her golden year when, with her wonderful horse Peppermint Grove and the rest of the team, she fulfilled her Olympic dream and won gold in Barcelona.Gill will always be remembered as the tenacious woman who helped Australia win consecutive team gold medals when she finished her last ride with a broken collarbone and ribs. Free Rein reveals an amazing woman who personifies the word pfrseverance and defines the true Australian spirit that is universally admired.

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