The UK’s Mary King became the first rider ever to win both first and second place at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Sunday, May 1, 2011. King, who also led the British eventing team to a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, is one of the 23 riders–chosen from the best in the world in a variety of different horse sports–featured in Denny Emerson’s fantastic new book HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD.

Olympic eventer Denny Emerson’s book shares the very best of his advice and experience gathered over a lifetime of riding, teaching, and competing in several equestrian disciplines, and tells us all just how we can make better choices over the course of our own riding careers and turn into the very best rider we can be. The 23 rider profiles scattered throughout the book give us a little glimpse into the different backgrounds from which some of our riding idols arose and disclose some of the obstacles they overcame, in the hopes that their own success stories can help inspire us as we forge forth on a quest for riding greatness.

“Follow your dreams, even if they seem impossible,” says Mary King in HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD. “My own dreams seemed farfetched…but I have been able to do what I dreamed of doing.”

You can order your own copy of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.