Long Shot LP: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me

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Combine Seabiscuit with Manic—throw in a touch of HBO’s “Temple Grandin”—and you get Long Shot, a truly remarkable memoir by Sylvia Harris. A single mother of three, Harris was crippled by bipolar depression, until she discovered the miraculous healing and calming effect of horses—a revelation that ultimately enabled her to manage her illness, conquer the sexism of her field, and triumph as a champion jockey in the male-dominated world of horse racing. A fascinating, courageous, and ultimately redemptive true story, Long Shot has won high praise from Phyllis Chesler Ph.D., author of Women and Madness, who says, “[Harris’s] attempt to find balance, joy, connectedness, and purpose in life constitutes a great adventure story.”

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Alcohol. Lithium. Buddhist chanting.

To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of theabove. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. While she occasionally found temporary relief, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle with bipolar depression, Harris found salvation in the most unlikely of places—Cardinal Farm, an equine ranch outside Orlando, Florida.

While Harris had always been drawn to animals, she had no idea of the healing power of working with horses. And while she still experienced raging highs and destabilizing lows, eventually, through grooming and racing horses, she was able to find stability. With an unflinching eye toward her weaknesses and the pain her decisions have inflicted upon others, Harris examines the ravaging power of her bipolar behavior and the magical power of horses.

About the Author:

Sylvia Harris is a jockey. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware. This is her first book.

Coauthor Eunetta T. Boone is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and an award-winning sportswriter. She is a writer, creator, and producer of television as well as film.

Coauthor Bill Boulware is also a writer, creator, and producer of television, and has been a freelance writer for The Cosby Show and various PBS programs, among others. He has taught writing at the American Film Institute, USC, and UCLA. He also contributed an essay to the Writers Guild Foundation's book Doing It for Money.

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