Terry Church Finding Pegasus

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Finding Pegasus

 
9781595266408: Finding Pegasus

Pegasus, the magical winged horse, has inspired human imagination for centuries. Finding Pegasus is the rich and inspiring story of Tara Beacon, an equestrian athlete consumed by her ambition to compete at the Olympic Games, yet all the while struggling to escape the pain of an abusive childhood. Mirroring her angst is her talented and sensitive thoroughbred who, after years of intensive training with internationally renowned professionals, refuses to submit to human coercion. Finally awakening to the fact that she is reenacting her oppressive upbringing by attempting to dominate her horse, Tara enters into an apprenticeship with an eighty-year-old cowboy with mysterious abilities. Similar to a Zen master, Tom Dorrance never calls himself a teacher or explains what he does, continually perplexing Tara and those who work with him. Yet his wisdom is reflected in his ability to use horses (and anything else available to him) as a means of helping humans learn about themselves and their relationship to the natural world. With him Tara begins the long and arduous journey to self-awareness, and a resolution to her secretive past. About the Author: Terry Church has been a professional horse trainer, dressage instructor and competitor for the past 34 years. Although "classically trained" through the FEI (international) levels in the United States and Germany, she came to understand that the current methods of training horses predominantly reflect the human quest for dominance and control, rather than a recognition of how animals can benefit from and enhance the human experience through respectful partnerships. Synchronicity lead her to a meeting with the great master horseman, Tom Dorrance, with whom she spent the next seven years relearning everything she thought she knew about horses - and about herself. Ms. Church currently travels extensively throughout the United States where she uses horses to facilitate a person's process of self-discovery, thereby broadening their awareness and sensitivity to themselves and the natural world. In addition to her lifelong passion for horses, Ms. Church has had an interest in writing since early childhood. As an adult she studied writing for five years in Santa Barbara with author Bill Richardson, who became a primary influence in helping her face the truth about her life - and how to express that in words. She has published a number of articles in magazines and trade journals, some of which can be found on her website at: http://www.naturalsporthorse.com.

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Terry Church has worked with horses and their people professionally for more than 35 years. Although having been rigorously trained (both in the United States and Germany) in the classical European riding style called dressage, she came to understand that the current methods of training predominantly reflect the human quest for dominance and control, rather than a recognition of how animals can enhance the human experience through respectful partnerships. However, that awareness could only come after years of struggling to escape the pain of an abusive childhood merely to realize that she herself was inflicting her own unresolved pain onto her sensitive Thoroughbred in her quest for competitive accolades. Just when it seemed that all her dreams had come to naught, synchronicity led her to a meeting with the great horseman, Tom Dorrance, with whom she spent the next decade relearning everything she thought she knew about horses — and about herself. Using fictional names to describe real characters, 'Finding Pegasus' relays an era spent in the company of a beloved and well-known mentor. As Frances Lefkowitz, book reviewer and author of "To Have Not" puts it: "Terry Church has penned a fascinating tale of a woman and her horse blossoming into wholeness together. Along the way their journey reveals surprising insights about the power of patience, the wisdom of compassion, and the nature of genuine healing. The true-to-life details about the horse world — from a revered horse-whispering cowboy to elite equestrian competitions — are captivating, but it's the heroine's passion for personal transformation that truly carries the story. Who knew that animals had so much to teach us about ourselves?"

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