Over the Hurdles: The History of Jumping Racing in Australia
About the book
You talk of riders on the flat, of nerve and dash and pace Not one in fifty has the nerve to ride a steeplechase — A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
No Australian sport has had a more interesting or colourful history than jumping racing.
John Adams’s Over the Hurdles tells the remarkable story of jumping in Australia, from the first Sydney steeplechase in 1832 to the sport’s controversial battle for survival in recent years. In this first-ever history of jumping racing in Australia, Adams leads us on a beguiling tour of the horses, jockeys, racecourses, characters, and controversies of the past 180 years.