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From the queen of the British bestseller lists comes the classic hit every Englishwoman remembers with a sigh -- Riders, the steamy, scandalous tale of sexual and equestrian competition within the heroic world of international show jumping.

Welcome to a world of cutthroat competition populated by fearless athletes, wealthy sponsors, and beautiful starlets and set against the glorious Cotswold countryside and the playgrounds of the world. Within this arena we meet the brooding gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, who is driven by his hatred of Rupert Campbell-Black, the handsome and supremely confident star of the show ring. They steal each other's horses and love each other's women as they push themselves and their mounts to impossible extremes, until their feud erupts, with devastating consequences, at the Los Angeles Olympics.

From Publishers Weekly

May 01, 1986 – The average American may not view show-jumping as a particularly glamorous sport, but this glimpse into the world of the international equestrian is likely to change any such perception. The story focuses on a group of British riders for whom competition is not limited to winning a team victory. Personal jealousies, financial reward and sexual conquests are likewise factors that drive these intense, charismatic and sexy athletes. The individual emphasis is so strong that even the horses seem to have "personalities.'' This sophisticated novel is written not only for sports fans but for lovers of good fiction.

Customer Reviews

Great read!

I don't know how many times I have read this over the years. For horse lovers, it is great. It shows the hard life of a show jumper. The highs... The lows...the hard work. Culminating with the Olympics in Los Angeles. I think it an good read for everyone, you don't have to be a horse lover to understand the incredible love and drive needed to succeed in the sport. A must read!

Positively astounding

Seriously a must red for any equestrian.

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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 03, 2007
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 912 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with 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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