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Renegade Champion: The Unlikely Rise of Fitzrada
If you buy that horse, you re buying your daughter s death warrant, Jane Pohl s father was warned at the army barracks in the spring of 1941. But the potential that his teenage daughter Jane saw in the small, temperamental Thoroughbred was enough to convince him otherwise. Earlier that year, when Fitzrada arrived at the army base where Jane s family lived, the horse was st...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published August 22nd 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing
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I didn't know what to expect from this book because, despite how well-versed I think I am in the history of equestrian sport in America, I had never actually heard of Jane Pohl or Fitzrada. From that standpoint (the story standpoint), I was very pleasantly surprised at the tale of a girl who was too independent for her own good but recognized that personality trait in a runty little chestnut gelding who was rejected by the U.S. Cavalry when they couldn't get him to fit into their schooling regim...more
Renegade Champion is a true story of a smart but dangerous horse named Fitzrada and the young girl, Jane Pohl, who saved him from being destroyed by the Army. The story follows Jane and "Fitz" from their first encounter on an Army base to their unlikely rise to fame in the horse show world, culminating with her performance in the Jumper Championship at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in 1946. Jane was a woman who was tough and didn't really fit in with times. Later on, she would...more
I found this book disappointing. The description of the horse sounded to me like he was just scared, not the killer they talked about. And the book was more about Jane than the horse, poor jane, her father loved her sister more. Poor Jane, women were only allowed to be amateurs at that time (then why did the Olympic Committee accuse her of being a professional?)