Synopses & Reviews
America's most successful Grand Prix rider, Margie Goldstein Engle is the star attraction at any horse show at which she competes, and serves as a role model for a generation of young equestrians. Her successes include the prestigious American Invitational, the Budweiser AGA Show Jumping Championship, and representing the United States in Nations Cups and at the Sydney Olympics. She is the American Grandprix Association's only eight-time Rider of the Year and the first rider ever to place first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in a single Grand Prix class.
The route to the top was not an easy one. As a youngster growing up in Florida, Margie overcame parental objections to learning to ride, eventually doing chores at the stable in exchange for extra rides, and helping horse owners in exchange for tack, boots, and other equipment.
As Margie's passion for horses and eagerness for athletic challenges spurred her through the junior horse show ranks toward the open jumper division, veterans discouraged the petite rider with "you're too small-you'll never control those large animals." Nevertheless, Margie accepted horses that other riders rejected as too dangerous-and often turned them into blue-ribbon winners.
NO HURDLE TOO HIGH is the story of this talented and courageous athlete: of life on the "A circuit" and dealing with horses (including a chapter of riding advice) and of triumphs and setbacks, including a variety of falls and crashes that might have ended the career of a less tenacious person. But thanks to her dedication and skill and the love and support of her family-especially husband Steve-and her sponsors and fans, Margie continues to appear in top events . . . and in the winner's circle.
An extraordinary and inspiring story written by the person who has known Margie best-her mother-NO HURDLE TOO HIGH is a heartwarming display of parental pride, concern, and humor. It is a book that will appeal to everyone- rider or not-who thrills to challenges and triumphs at the highest levels.
America's most successful Grand Prix rider, Margie Goldstein Engle is the star attraction at any horse show in which she competes, as well as a role model for a generation of young equestrians.
Despite her parents' objections, young Margie worked odd jobs at stables in exchange for riding lessons, then proved her ability in the show ring on ponies and, later, on horses. Her first Grand Prix victory came in 1986 on Daydream, and was followed by such notable blue-ribbon successes as the prestigious American Invitational, the Budweiser AGA Show Jumping Championship, and representing the United States in Nations Cups. She is the American Grandprix Association's only eight-time Rider of the Year, and the first rider ever to place first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in a single Grand Prix class.
The route to the top was not an easy one. Margie had to overcome financial challenges and a series of bone-breaking injuries that threatened to end her career. But thanks to her courage and tenacity, and the love and support of her family--especially husband, Steve--and her sponsors and fans, she rebounded to increased prominence at the international level.
In addition to telling this extraordinary and inspiring story, the book offers many of the horsemanship tips and techniques that have given Margie and her students the winner's edge.
Written by someone who has known Margie best--her mother--No Hurdle Too High will appeal to everyone, rider or not, who thrills to challenges and triumphs at the highest level.
A biography of Olympic and Grand Prix show jumping rider Margie Goldstein Engle.
About the Author
Mona Pastroff Goldstein
, a retired schoolteacher and author, has followed her daughter's career from the very beginning. She and her husband Irv travel, whenever possible, to shows where their daughter competes.