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Book by Richard Askwith. About Lata Brandisova. Only Woman Winner Of The Velka Pardubika Steeplechase.

Richard, Runner & Journalist. Wrote a Good Book on Running. Came to My Attention. With His Book on Czech Athlete, Emil Zatopek. A Very Fine Read. One Of My Favourites in Fact.

All My Years in The Czech Republic. Pardubice Was My Starting Point. Went for The Zlata Priba, Speedway. So Knew of the Horse Race.

Czechs Gather Around the TV Yearly. Everything Stops. To See the National Event. Like the Aintree Equivalent.

Richard Has Done Exhaustive Research. Really Liked the Extensive Notes & Tips for Further Reading. Would Recommend The Radetzky March By Joseph Roth.

Lata had a Ideal Childhood. From Nobility of a Kind. Though Not So Rich By Any Means. At The Time of The Hapsburg Empire. Living in The Country. Running around with Dogs & Horses.

Lata,s Biggest Love Being Horses. She has Affinity with. Thrust to take Control of Her Big Family. After The Early Death Of Her Parents.

Her Dream is To Race Horses. This Takes Many Years. Due to Sexist Attitudes. Plus the Velka Being a Test Of Manhood. And the Domain of The Military Classes. At This Time the Horse Was King. Before the Advent of Motor Vehicles.

Czechs Have Suffered So Much in History. The Nazis Then Communism. Having Been to Lidice & Terezin. Plus Viewing Clips of The Jachymov Uranium Mines. It Does Bear Thinking Of.

Lata Winning The Velka. Plus Beating the Hated Germans. At This Time in History was the Utmost Accolade.

While Describing the Racing. Surprised Me the Number Of Falls. Then Remounting then Carrying on in the Race.

What Really Saddens Me. Someone Who Looked After the Local Community. Rode to Church and Prayed. A Person Really to Aspire To. Is Then Snubbed. Loses Everything. Though She Never Complains. With Her Love of Horses. Spent Her Final Years in Austria. So Sad that She Did not Die in Her Homeland.

I Purchased This Book. Even Before The Official Publication. When I talked About it With Czech Friends. Everybody Knew Of Her Life & History
Where I Stay. They Have Horses. One a Kinsky Breed. Much Pride. That it is Related to One Owned by the Queen Mother. It Even Went Show Jumping with the Aid of a German Rider.

Would Love to Come to The Czech Embassy Event. With the Author in Attendance. My Czech Friends Question Would Be. When Will it Be in Czech ?. Book is a Wonderful read.


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