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Life As I Know It

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Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work. All of the ten Payne children learned to ride racehorses but Michelle has stayed the distance. She has ridden the miles, done the dawn training, fallen badly and each time got back on the horse. So when she declared that anyone who said women couldn't compete in the industry could 'get stuffed', the nation stood up and cheered.

Michelle has the audacity to believe she can succeed against all the odds. Her story is about hope triumphing over adversity, and how resilience and character made a winner.

Customer Reviews

Life As I Know It

Thoroughly enjoyable story of Michelle Payne's life which is so much more than being the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Loved the highlights of country Victoria. A great read, can't wait till they do the movie!

A real Jockeys Tale

A truly inspiration read about the real struggles and triumphs of a female jockey. A must for all racing fans and sporting fans alike!

Awesome read for all ages

Thank you Michelle for sharing you and your families story. A great insight into the racing family, and the effort of jockeys, trainers, and all involved with the care of these wonderful creatures.
Recommend this book for all who are interested in families, horses and faith. Loved it all.

Life As I Know It
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: 13 April 2016
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Seller: Melbourne University Press
  • Print Length: 243 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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