In the Middle Are the Horsemen

In the Middle Are the Horsemen

by Tik Maynard


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In 2008, 26–year–old Tik Maynard faced a crossroads not unlike that of other young adults. A university graduate and modern pentathlete, he suffered both a career–ending injury and a painful breakup, leaving him suddenly adrift. The son of prominent Canadian equestrians, Maynard decided to spend the next year as a “working student.” In the horse industry, working students aspire to become professional riders or trainers, and willingly trade labor for hands–on education. Here Maynard chronicles his experiences–good and bad–and we follow along as one year becomes three, what began as a casual adventure gradually transforms, and a life's purpose comes sharply into focus.

Over time, Maynard evolved under the critical eyes of Olympians, medal winners, and world–renowned figures in the horse world, including Anne Kursinski, Johann Hinnemann, Ingrid Klimke, David and Karen O'Connor, Bruce Logan, and Ian Millar. He was ignored, degraded, encouraged, and praised. He was hired and fired, told he had the “wrong body type to ride” and that he had found his “destiny.” He got married and lost loved ones. Through it all he studied the horse, and human nature, and how the two can find balance. And in that journey, he may have found himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570768323
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 196,016
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tik Maynard began riding with the Vancouver Pony Club, in Southlands, British Columbia. After achieving his ‘A’ rating, he began competing in Modern Pentathlon, where he represented Canada at three World Championships, and the 2007 Pan–American Games. In 2008, Maynard began a journey to improve his riding. From Germany to Florida, from Alberta to Texas, and from Florida to New Jersey, Maynard was willing to go wherever he had to, to learn from the best. Along the way he discovered something more important: horsemanship. It is that idea that continues to motivate him. Today, Maynard searches out knowledge from many sources, but his most important mentors are his parents and his wife. He is married to US Eventing Team Member Sinead Halpin. Together they run Copperline Farm in Citra, Florida. Maynard has always been a passionate book lover. He has written a children's story, published by REAL magazine, has won the Malahat Review Open Season Award, and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards for his non–fiction works.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Working Student

A Slap Across the Face 3

"Not Many Decent Stables Are Interested in Taking Working Students" 7

Lord of the Manor 15

"Your Leg is Too Short!" 23

"We Can't Leave You Alone on a Horse for Five Minutes" 33

A Silver Lining 39

Every Answer Leads to More Questions 45

Herr Stecken 53

On Eventing (I) 57

Ocala, Florida 63

Working Student Position: Priceless 71

Uncomplicated 75

Horses Are Optional 79

"Hubris? Me?" 89

I Love You, Karen O'Connor! 93

Cutting in with Captain Canada 101

One Day with Ian Millar 107

And Now for Something Completely Different 115

Loving, Texas 123

"This Is a Lot Different Than Roping Cattle" 133

On Cutting 141

A Different Kind of Education 147

It's Easy to Teach Someone to Ride 153

On Eventing (II) 159

"She's Tough" 163

Wellington, Florida 167

Anne Kursinski's Secrets 175

Asa Bird 183

A Horseman's Pledge 187

On the Importance of Correct Paperwork 193

The Almost End 201

"Nope, No Cattle" 207

Interstate 90 213

Frenchtown, New Jersey 223

"You Just Need to Listen" 229

"You Just Need To Ride Better" 237

Sapphire Is Hurt and I Call a Psychic 243

Quitter 253

Back Against the Ropes 259

Still Hungry 267

Part 2 Professional

Troncones 287

On Enthusiasm 291

"Can He Ride?" 301

On Remarkable 307

Horses, Too, Are More Forgiving Than We Deserve 319

Letter to Myself 323

Winning Is the Easy Part 327

"If There Was a Bunch of Indians Headed My Way…" 335

On Pain 339

It is Unbelievable that Magic Like That Can Vanish 349

On Horsemanship 353

No Sulking 361

Acknowledgments 373

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luv2jump More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Tik is a rider who decides to delve deeper into the world of horses by becoming a groom for various top equestrians in varying disciplines around the world. He is refreshingly honest about his mistakes and lessons learned. His writing style made it easy to read. His insights into the mind of the horse and how we humans interact with them, have me left thinking about the book several days after I finished reading it. I found I could relate to so much of what he went through, even though I am merely a part-time rider (and full time horse lover!). I think what makes a good horseman is someone who never ceases to learn about and from our equine friends. Tik, you are a true horseman!