In the Saddle With Zarkava is about the making of a legendary racehorse. Told from the perspective of a child living in the heart of the action it is inspiring, moving and informative and destined to appeal to any youngster who loves horses.
Nine year old Lizzie lives in Chantilly just outside Paris, in a very prestigious racing yard, together with her little brother, her mother, a host of pets and her father a world-renowned racehorse trainer. Lucky as she may seem, she doesn't understand her father's passion and has come to resent it taking up all his time. That is until, on a family trip to Ireland, a small bay foal captures her attention.
"Zed is her name. She's my foal. I am going to follow her through her whole career like any other owner does ..."
Race by race via her scrapbook, journal and letters, Lizzy relates the captivating story of her invincible racehorse, the offspring of top English blood lines, bred in Ireland and trained in France. The author's insider knowledge - she is wife of Zarkava's trainer - means the reader can follow the dazzling career of the faster-than-light filly Zarkava or Zed from as close as one can get; absorbing the rhythm and routine of a racing stables, its codes and practices, the day to day pressures, disappointments and joys, as well as the essential role of each person surrounding the horse.
There are few childrens books about racehorses and certainly no authentic ones about a living legend. Any horse-loving child who is curious to know what it takes to make a champion racehorse, or anyone with racing fans in the familiy, will devour this book. They may even shed a tear!
Gizelle is a writer and journalist born in London 1961. She is married with two children to top French racehorse trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. She has a wide experience as exercise rider in France, Italy and England and is president of the local international bi-lingual school. Although residing in Chantilly she has very close connections in England and frequently visits.