STRIKE A LONG TROT chronicles the distinguished early equestrian career of Linda Tellington-Jones from early success as a “catch-rider” in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to her first of many endurance competitions beginning with the 1961 Tevis Cup 100-Mile Ride on her Al Khamsa, Inc., CMK champion mare BINT GULIDA to three-day eventing and steeplechasing at Pebble Beach on Hungarian Felver horses.
Linda proved to be a superb educator, ably guided by her then-husband and Cavalry officer Wentworth Tellington. Together they created the Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm and School of Horsemanship in Badger, California.
Linda’s expertise was sought by a wealthy Hungarian countess and for years Linda prided herself in promoting the countess’ Hungarian horses that were revered as the finest warhorses in Europe. The book tells a charming story about how Linda transformed the Hungarian stallion Magyar Brado from a U.S. Equestrian Team reject into a champion.
After decades of sweeping wins in multiple disciplines, Linda hung up her tack and ended her competitive life to pursue a global career of making a difference for all species of animals. The result was a remarkable unfolding of the internationally acclaimed Tellington TTouch® Training Method, which she still teaches today.
The title, Strike A Long Trot, came from lyrics in the song Mountain Wind written and performed by Dave Stamey. “Aspens are turnin’, I think I’d better, Head on down and find some warmer weather, I strike a long trot to canyon’s mouth, Hit the valley gona’ head her south, And leave behind this cold high mountain wind”
9 x 6 x 1.5 inches, 338 pages and over 240 photographs, 2013
(right) Linda is being visited by Flicka, a modern day look alike version of Bint Gulida.