Little Book of the Grand National Price: £9.99 The Grand National is the most famouse horse race in the world. Officially first run in 1839, it takes place in early April in Aintree, Liverpool. The spectacular steeplechase over 30 fearsome jumps over four and a half miles, has a history filled with drama. In the first running a Captain Becher fell into the ditch which now bears his name. In 1956 the Queen Mother's Devon Loch looked set to win with Dick Francis, only to belly flop yards from the line. In 1967 there was a pile up at the fence before the Canal Turn allowing 100/1 outisde Foinavon to come through to win. The Little Book of the Grand National recounts all these tales and more illustrated with great archive pictures and photographs.
Written by Julian Seaman, Forward by Richard Pitman.
Little Book of Eventing Price: £9.99 SALE PRICE, was £11.99, NOW £9.99
Eventing, or Horse Trials as it is also known, is the ultimate equestrian test. Its foundations were in the Cavalry schools of Europe at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Initially it was only open to male officers, but soon developed into an Olympic sport where men and women compete on equal terms.
The format has evolved over the years, but the sport tests the skills of Dressage (effectively basic training), Cross Country, over a course of solid obstacles and hazards such as ditches and lakes and Jumping, over knock down, coloured poles. The top competitions are Three Day Events and include such well known sporting spectaculars as Badminton and Burghley, where crowds can reach up to 120,000. Many of the venues, especially in Great Britain, are in beautiful stately parks.
Little Book of Eventing reveals the history, introduces the reader to some of the great stars human and equine over the years, the charismatic trainers and some of the best known venues. It also shows what goes on behind the scenes and offers tips on how to take part at novice level or become involved on the organisation side.
Little Book of Burghley Price: £9.99 SALE PRICE, was £11.99, NOW £9.99
Burghley Horse Trials has been a perennial delight for both riders and spectators ever since the Marquess of Exeter started it in his beautiful parkland in 1961. The Little Book of Burghley charts the events rapid elevation to the status of much-loved sporting institution through the riders, horses and officials who made their mark at Burghley.
It also provides a fascinating snapshot into how the sport of eventing has modernised during 60 years of triumph and drama and how Burghley has played an important part in that development.
Above all, it shows why Burghley Horse Trials has become the ultimate annual highlight in any sportsmans calendar.
Little Book of Fly Fishing for Trout Price: £9.99 SALE PRICE, was £11.99, NOW £9.99
Written by two highly-experienced fishermen, angling film-maker Richard Duplock and angling author Chris Newton, it takes you through the essentials of casting a fly successfully for trout in the British Isles, from recognition, watercraft, entomology and the fishs world through to tackle choice and tactics. Chalkstream and upland river fishing are covered, along with lake and reservoir fishing, and there is a whole section on the challenging sport of night fishing for sea trout.
The brown trout, the sea trout and the rainbow trout are introduced and explained, along with their principal foods and the best fly patterns to use for them.
Beautifully illustrated with around 80 colour images, this book is a guide you can take with you anywhere.
Little Book of Fly Fishing for Salmon Price: £9.99 SALE PRICE, was £11.99, NOW £9.99
No matter how experienced you are, Little Book of Fly Fishing for Salmon will remind you that there is always more to learn. In the rush to put a fly into the water, its easy to forget that one of the great joys of this wonderful sport is that it continually provides a new challenge to be mastered.
With guidance and tips on modern tackle, fly lines and flies and many delightful photographs, Little Book of Fly Fishing for Salmon will help you to improve your tactics, techniques and your catches.
You will be reminded of the life cycle of the salmon and when and how best to fish for them and you will be encouraged to rethink what it is to be a salmon fisher in these more enlightened times, when stocks are less plentiful and good codes of practice are essential to ensure the long-term future of this fascinating fish.
Richard Duplock produced and directed one of the first and most successful series of instructional fly fishing videos. He has fished for salmon for more that 30 years in the company of some of the sports great anglers and true characters and on some of the finest waters in Britain and abroad. Here he shares much of what he has learned.
Little Book of Badminton Price: £9.99 SALE PRICE, was £10.99, NOW £9.99
The Little Book of Badminton by Julian Seaman is available NOW. "Badminton Horse Trials" is the world famous annual sporting event that tests the skills of the ultimate horse and rider. It consists of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. With a crowd of up to 150,000 over the long weekend of competition, the Event, started in 1949, has produced stars such as Lucinda Prior-Palmer, Mark Todd, Mary King and Pippa Funnell. Princess Anne, Mark Phillips and their daughter, Zara, have also all competed at Badminton.
The Little Book of Badminton tells the story of this fantastic outdoor, family friendly, yearly outing, held in a beautiful park with the classic backdrop of Badminton House.
For the once a year visitor, or for those who have yet to experience this national institution, the Little Book of Badminton is the ultimate guide to this great equestrian event. RRP £10.99