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Welcome to the world of internationally acclaimed author Muriel Lennox ..magnificent horses, brilliant storytelling, awesome books.

Rivers of Gold

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Where do the greatest Thoroughbreds come from?  Is there a secret formula, or alchemy that conjures excellence in these supreme athletes?  Follow author, Muriel Lennox, as she travels back in time in search of answers.   Eventually the trail leads to the headwaters of four distinct genetic streams—Canada’s Rivers of Gold.  Along the way readers will be introduced to ancestors of the most spectacular horses of this century.  Envision ancestry.com or Burke’s Peerage for horses—providing an essential guide to the genealogy of today’s equine aristocrats.

Lennox also offers glimpses into the people who played significant roles in the creation of these powerful genetic streams.  A remarkable adventure, Rivers of Gold, is a must for everyone with a passion for Thoroughbred racing and breeding, or simply a penchant for story-telling at its finest.

The Horse and The Tiger

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When Ireland bounded from one of the poorest nations in the EU to one of the wealthiest a battalion of experts set out to discover what triggered the Celtic Tiger, Ireland’s remarkable renaissance. Still consensus proved as elusive as a leprechaun.

The author suspects it was sparked by a horse and takes the reader on a quick gallop back thru Irish history to discover the one thing that has endured throughout the country’s turbulent past is Ireland’s great love of horses.

The horse that inspired the tiger was named Nijinsky for the dancer who decreed he’d be reincarnated as a horse. Similarities between the man and the horse bearing his name were uncanny. Both appeared to cast a spell over all who witnessed their awe-inspiring performances.

How the horse came to exist in the first place—then ended up in Ireland is fraught with far too many coincidences to be coincidental. The saga follows two exceptional individuals— separated by an ocean, yet linked by their passion for horses. One devoted to breeding great champions; the other to training great champions. The horse named Nijinsky stood at the crossroads of their extraordinary journeys.

The Irish knew this was a vastly superior animal and followed his every move with uncommon devotion. When his owner revealed he would be dispatching Nijinsky to the US there was a hullabaloo like no other, yet all attempts keep the horse in Ireland were in vain.

Down but not defeated, a band of Irish gambled on the remote chance that there might be another horse as brilliant as Nijinsky. Armed with the determination and shrewd genius of generations of Irish horse traders they set sail for America in search of the next Nijinsky. They turned the glamorous world of the Thoroughbred upside down and in the process unleashed the Celtic Tiger from its lair.

 

Dark Horse: Unravelling the Mystery of Nearctic

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The tale of two unsung heros: a magnificent, yet headstrong stallion named Nearctic; and the one man who understood him, a modest yet gifted horseman named Pete McCann.

The horse was an equine aristocrat. Tall, proud and true to his regal heritage Nearctic could run a hole in the wind. He also reigns as the patriarch of the most dominant sire line in the history of the Thoroughbred. Yet until now Nearctic has remained an enigma. Who was this dark horse? Why was so little known about him? Confronted with more questions than answers Lennox, author of best-selling Northern Dancer: legend and his legacy, set out to solve the mystery.

Long-buried secrets reveal that Nearctic was a pawn in a bizarre power struggle. His only ally was McCann. While he was able to understand and communicate with his beloved horses McCann was no match for those whose agendas were not in the best interests of Nearctic. Shy and reticent, McCann was over-ruled time after time. Both the man and the horse suffered.

Yet Nearctic somehow prevailed. The world’s leading stallions—Northern Dancer, Nijinsky, Sadler’s Wells, Storm Bird, Danehill, Phone Trick, Deputy Minister, Nureyev, Danzig—are all direct descendants.

Northern Dancer – The Legend and His Legacy

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The story of Northern Dancer is the stuff of legend.  He was the little horse, dismissed time and again because of his size–short and stocky, to many he was the antithesis of streamlined Thoroughbred elegance.  But Northern Dancer could run a hole in the wind.  He not only waltzed off with North America’s most coveted racing trophy, the Kentucky Derby, but ran the race faster than any horse in history.  Then he went on to pass on his extraordinary will to win to his sons and daughters.  And they, to theirs.   Today his descendants dominate racing the world over and Northern Dancer is recognized as the most influential Thoroughbred sire in modern history.

An award-winning journalist, Lennox’s deep empathy with horses results in dramatic portrayals of the animals themselves.  Northern Dancer, his ancestors and descendants–from the eccentric Hyperion to the brilliant Nijinsky–fairly gallop off the pages.   Lennox also introduces us to the people who work with and speak the language of horses.

Compellingly written, Northern Dancer is a celebration of the magnificent Thoroughbred spirit and an invaluable contribution to our understanding of horses and the world of horse racing.  A must read for anyone touched by the magic and the power of horses.

First published in 1995, Northern Dancer has been translated into several languages and has been read by over a million world-wide.

E.P. Taylor:  A Horseman and his Horses

A fascinating portrait of the man who gave us Nearctic and Northern Dancer and Nijinsky and Vice Regent and The Minstrel and Storm Bird and the rest and ultimately altered the landscape of the Thoroughbred, the world over.  Author and family friend, Muriel Lennox, takes readers on a tour of Taylor’s life from the perspective of his great passion for horses and horse racing—the driving force in an exceptional life.

Published in 1976, with an abundance of photos, the book follows Taylor and his horses—from the moment at university he became hooked on the sport, to Nijinsky’s coronation as the first British Triple Crown winner in 35 years.

 

 


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