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flying changeFlying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing by Patrick Smithwick, Chesapeake Book Company, 2012, 360 pages, $30.00If you can avoid disabling injury, horseback riding is a sport that many enjoy for a lifetime. All of us have heard anecdotal tales of people who ride—and even foxhunt—up into their seventies and eighties.

With Baby Boomers aging, those stories will become more prevalent, although many of us may be opting for the dressage arena instead of the hunt meet...or the race track.

Author Patrick Smithwick decided to meet growing older head on. He challenged himself at age forty-six to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup, a four-mile timber race over twenty-two solidly built fences that are not for the faint of heart. It is the world’s stiffest timber race.

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+2 # Gretchen Pelham 2012-05-03 10:44
Patrick Smithwick and 4 other authors will speak and sign books at the National Sporting Library on Saturday, May 26. Those in town for the Virginia Foxhound Show will be able to attend.

Smithwick is scheduled to speak at noon, but the schedule can be pretty flexible, as I found out last year when I spoke!
# Elizabeth H. Sutton 2012-05-16 08:55
Smithwick's book on his father was such a pleasure to read on so many levels, I really look forward to this chance to read his new book and hopefully to hear him speak!
Beth Sutton
# Karen Kandra Wenzel 2014-07-17 15:48
I read both books recently, and could not put them down. Since Patrick is my age, I really felt like I was re-living my horse-crazy youth growing up in the Baltimore suburbs, hunting, showing, and pony clubbing, and always reading about the steeplechasing greats in THE MARYLAND HORSE and COTH.

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