ENDURANCE rider and author John Tytler Thomson is preparing to release the revised edition of his book ‘Drinking the Wind: At the limits of endurance’ later this month.
Forged from the basics of good old-fashioned horsemanship and high tech innovation, endurance riding, the sport of a million steps, isn’t for the faint hearted.
At the purest level or at the extremes of competitive distances it is the ultimate challenge of horse and rider over the natural elements.
‘Drinking the Wind’ is the extraordinary and inspiring version of one man’s recovery from a sudden and debilitating illness, an encounter with a ghostly horse and his progression to become a successful EGB endurance rider.
It is a story about courage, determination and the tough intense, often unforgiving conditioning, required to prepare a horse and rider for the extremes of endurance.
This is a remarkable account of the formidable bond forged between the rider and his pure-bred Arabian horse and their combined battle for the first Trans-Scotland 200mile endurance ride.
The first edition was met with high praise from all corners of the literary and equestrian world. Some have compared John to the likes of Bob Champion and Lance Armstrong - men who used their sport as a battle ground to fight back against a life-threatening illness.
Reader Lynn Healy said: “I have just finished reading the book and feeling rather emotional and overwhelmed to be honest. So inspirational! Such an achievement! He must be so proud of Omar and what has been done. It tells of the bond between a horse and human that is so precious and a real treasure.”
The book will be available in paperback and on Kindle from July 31.