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One Jump Ahead - Pat Smythe

Cassell & Co., 1956, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Pat Smythe’s Jump for Joy was an immediate best-seller. The combination of her inherent modesty and the charm of her personality, already known to the millions who have watched her success on television, produced a book which the public took to their hearts.

This sequel to Jump for Joy tells of her experiences all over the world, and not least in her own country where she is honoured as the greatest horsewoman Britain has ever produced. But still she remains the unspoiled girl whose life is devoted to horses; who views with amazement the antics of the BBC Television unit which descended upon Miserden to interview her ‘At Home’; who regards her selection as the first woman member of the British show-jumping team ever to compete in the Olympics as the high-spot of her life; who found the greatest thrill of the international competition at Algiers in riding a camel into the desert.

Early this year she took Prince Hal straight from months at grass in Gloucestershire meadows, still wearing his woolly winter coat, to the Brussels’ International; Hal promptly carried off honour after honour for Britain. But Hal and Tosca are not the only horses Pat has trained to success; Flanagan is already winning prizes here and abroad and Brigadoon is row being schooled at Miserden to carry on in the years ahead.

At Lucerne, in May, Pat performed the fantastic feat of touching only two jumps in 23 rounds involving 275 obstacles. Her success seems quite incredible — unless you happen to know Pat Smythe. Then it doesn’t seem incredible at all.

One Jump Ahead naturally contains her story of the Equestrian Olympics at Stockholm. Special arrangements have been made to include her full report and pictures in the final chapters of this delightful book, which every reader of Jump for Joy will undoubtedly want to possess.”


Size: 8" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 242 pages.
£7.50