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Elvis and me : how a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other, Gillian Wills

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Elvis and me : how a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other
Title
Elvis and me
Title remainder
how a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other
Statement of responsibility
Gillian Wills
Title variation
How a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other
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Language
eng
Summary
A world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescue each other in this inspirational memoir about second chances At thea age of 56, Gillian Wills bought her first horse on a whim. Elvis was emaciated, scarred, unruly, saddle-phobic, and imbued with attitude. However, she sensed in him the remnants of a fierce pride that resonated with her own almost-lost sense of self-worth, depleted after leaving a high status job as head of a prestigious music conservatorium in Melbourne to move across the country with her partner to Queensland. Owning a horse pushed the need for paddocks to the top of Gillians wish list. She and her partner bought a dilapidated weatherboard farmhouse on 2.5 acres and swapped city living in Brisbane for the pleasures of semi-rural life. Gillian gave up a busy career to focus on freelance writing. For a year she wore mud-stained boots and dusty jeans by day and shiny heels and black cocktail gear at night to mingle with the art cogniscenti. And she tried to ride Elvis. He had been pitched to Gillian as a quiet, beginners "Ill-do-whatever-youwant-kind-of-horse" who could hardly summon up the energy to trot. The truth was very different. Rehabilitating Elvis through natural horsemanship methods (horse whispering) with the help of a trainer introduced Gillian to a whole new world where music was incidental and daily discussions centered on the weather, how to tell good grass from bad, and fear of the Hendra virus
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
ANL
Dewey number
636.12092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
Elvis and me : how a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other, Gillian Wills
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Elvis and me : how a world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescued each other, Gillian Wills
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
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Content type code
  • txt
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Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
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Contents
Paperback -A world-weary musician and a broken racehorse rescue each other in this inspirational memoir about second chances. At 56 years of age, Gillian Wills bought her first horse on a whim. Elvis was emaciated, scarred, unruly, saddle-phobic and imbued with attitude. However, she sensed in him the remnants of a fierce pride that resonated with her own almost-lost sense of self-worth, depleted after leaving a high status job as head of a prestigious music conservatorium in Melbourne to move across the country with her partner to Queensland. Owning a horse pushed the need for paddocks to the top of Gillian's wish list. Since her artist partner also craved land on which to build a studio, they bought a dilapidated weatherboard farmhouse on 2.5 acres and swapped city living in Brisbane for the pleasures of semi-rural Ransome. Gillian gave up her lecturing position, weekly spot on radio, and an array of exhausting consultancies to focus on freelance writing. For a year she wore mud-stained boots and dusty jeans by day and shiny heels and black cocktail gear at night to mingle with the art cogniscenti at functions, give pre-concert talks for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and review concerts for The Australian newspaper. And she tried to ride Elvis. Elvis had been pitched to Gillian as a quiet, beginner's 'I'll-do-whatever-you-want-kind-of-horse' that could hardly summon up the energy to trot. The truth was very different. Rehabilitating Elvis through natural horsemanship methods (horse whispering) with the help of a laconic yet seriously gifted trainer introduced Gillian to a whole new world where music was incidental and daily discussions centred on the weather, how to tell good grass from bad, and fear of the Hendra virus. She persevered with her riding lessons, ignoring the often not-so-subtle doubts that she would ever learn to ride competently, let alone be able to control a spirited mount like Elvis. Gradually Elvis' behaviour improved and Gillian's confidence grew. Learning to assert her leadership over Elvis' daily rehabilitation program slowly but surely transformed her world. Gillian says, 'I was supposed to help Elvis, but instead he led me on an unexpected trail of self-discovery. I learned to like myself. I realised I didn't have to prove to the world I was worthy, be defined by a profession, or prove that I could achieve an impossible goal. I began to stand up for myself with my partner, employers, children, friends ...and with Elvis, of course!'
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22 cm.
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Extent
244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925048445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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Other physical details
colour illustrations, colour portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a3464130
  • (OCoLC)910721384
  • (AuCNLKIN)000054842688

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