Love’s Hurdles

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 10th May 2013

Love's HurdlesWith the excitement of London 2012 a distant memory the publishers of my Olympic novella have decided to give the book a smart new cover and brand new title. Love’s Hurdles is the story of Mimi Carter, the youngest and least experienced member of the British showjumping team.

A brilliant rider who’s had to battle her way to the top, Mimi is desperate to win an Olympic gold medal in front of her home crowd. But just as she’s pouring all her energy and determination into perfecting her riding skills an enigmatic old flame arrives back on the scene.

Will she be able to put her feelings to one side and realise her childhood dream of showjumping glory? Or will the pressure prove too much?

That’s the essence of the story so I hope readers enjoy reading Love’s Hurdles as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I had a few riding lessons as a child but showed zero talent. But even so, I had a whale of a time writing about the equestrian world. I discovered, for instance, that showjumping is always known as jumping when it’s an Olympic event.

That the three equestrian disciplines – jumping, dressage and eventing – are the only Olympic sports where men and women compete against each other on equal terms.

And that temporary stables on the edge of Greenwich Park were home to 200 horses for the duration of the Olympic Games…

Love’s Hurdles by Emma Lee-Potter (Endeavour Press, £1.99)

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