Author(s): Isabell Werth; Evi Simeoni (As told to)
An illuminating look at the story behind the success of one of the best dressage riders in the world.
German Olympian Isabell Werth has six Olympic gold medals and scores of championship titles to her name--there are few her equal on paper. But an equestrian's success is wholly dependent on the relationship she has with her athletic partner―her horse―and Werth's astounding accomplishments would not have been possible without her unique approach to working with the animals she's loved since childhood.
Even as a little girl, growing up on a farm on the Lower Rhine, it was clear that Werth possessed an extraordinary gift for empathizing with horses and foreseeing how they were likely to react in certain situations. This insight gave her a special ability as a rider and trainer. Here, Werth collaborates with accomplished sports journalist Evi Simeoni―someone who has witnessed and written about her career from the very beginning―to tell her life story.
There is a meme that is popular in the riding community that says, "Two legs move our body, four legs move our soul." It is this sentiment that Werth feels perhaps best defines her.