May 18, 2011, Gloucester, Massachusetts- Jeff Papows, a dedicated amateur owner jumper rider, has authored the sport's most complete look inside show jumping. His book, Unbridled Passion, will be released at the Fidelity InvestmentsÂ® Jumper Classic in September. Jeff, who is Chairman of the Board of the annual New England horse show, brings the greatest horse-rider combinations into focus for show jumping fans.
He has a unique vantage point and many trusted friendships that allow him to get readers up close and personally tuned into the relationships between Olympic and international stars of the sport and their horses, including McLain Ward and Sapphire, Ian Millar and Big Ben, Margie Engle and Perin, Beezie Madden and Authentic, Chis Kappler and Royal Kaliber and more. Twenty of the sport's most famous and in some cases bittersweet stories are told as never before. Revealed are such little known details as the famous Sapphire's favorite snack, her barn name, as well as riders' reflections on the most memorable Olympic moments.
"There is nobody in the sport who I trust more than Jeff Papows to tell Sapphire's real story", says McLain Ward, who rode the mare to win two Olympic Gold Medals for the US team in 2004 and 2008.
Jeff says of his desire to write the book, "While there are many well written how-to books in the sport, there are few, if any, serious efforts in print that give fans the inside perspective they thirst for. The relationship between horse and rider at the top of the sport are vital, emotional, and defy easy description. We are also blessed with athletes of such incredible integrity and character, that their stories and love affairs with their horses-of-alifetime deserve to be memorialized. That is what drove me to make the effort required to bring fans of The Jumper Classic and the sport these stories."
There has been a lot of thought and love put into this special book. Gretchen Almy, the Official Artist for the project, has a way of capturing the essence of the horse and rider, and she has been aided by Tony Decosta who has been photographing show jumpers in action for decades. Readers will be amazed at some of the candid and personal photos, artwork and color in the book along with the stories that will delight, sadden and inspire.
The book will be released at the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire September 14-18, 2011. We encourage fans to pre-order at www.unbridledpassion.net to ensure their copy is reserved as the first printing is expected to sell out fast. Fans are invited to bring the book to the Jumper Classic on Thursday, September 15th for the Meet & Greet event at 4:30 p.m. where they can meet many of the riders featured: McLain Ward, Ian Millar Kevin Babbington, Peter Leone, Norman Dello Joio and Leslie Howard just to name a few, and have their copy personally autographed.
As an added bonus, anyone who pre-orders will also get two complimentary general admission tickets to Fidelity Investments Grand Prix on Sunday, September 18, 2011.
Acanthus Publishing, an award winning publisher, has gone to great lengths in partnership with Jeff to bring this to the show jumping riders and fans in a beautifully manufactured hard cover, four-color book that will spotlight the world's most beautiful sport.
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to not only own this wonderful book and to also have it personally autographed. For more information visit www.unbridledpassion.net.