Tim Stockdale: “There's no such word as can’t!”

By: Horse Deals

Tim Stockdale: “There's no such word as can’t!”

An autobiography by British international showjumper, Tim Stockdale, who suffered serious spinal injuries following a near-tragic accident at the end of 2011, is published this week.

Published on 8 December'There's no such word as can't!' tells the story of Tim’s rise from humble, non-horsey beginnings to become one of the most well-known faces in show jumping.

He has represented Britain on more than 50 Nations Cup teams, at European Championships, the World  Equestrian Games and at the 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2010, Tim achieved his lifetime ambition of winning the Royal International Horse Show's coveted King George V Gold Cup.

Tim has also become known as a TV personality, having appeared in Channel 4's 'Cutting Edge' and 'Faking It' shows; as well as BBC TV’s ‘Only Fools on Horses' series. He also presents and commentates for SkyTV Sports.

Written in a frank, entertaining way, the book charts Tim's progress from his early days as a reluctant novice at a small country riding school to the bright lights and glamour of the world's top equestrian arenas.

He talks about the people he's met and been influenced by along the way; about his many horses; and about the trials, as well as the triumphs of his career.

Tim's story is packed with amusing anecdotes which give a rare insight into the world of professional show jumping.

The autobiography was prompted by Tim's reflections of his life as he lay in hospital with serious spinal injuries at the end of 2011.

"At that frightening time, I didn't know whether I'd ever walk properly again, never mind ride horses, "says Tim. "Thankfully with the help of some of the finest medical experts available, I pulled through, regained fitness and am now back competing at the highest level.

"Since then, so many people - especially youngsters coming into the sport - have asked me about my life and career, about what it takes to get to the top and how to overcome serious adversity, that I decided to put my story down in writing. The title, 'There's no such word as can't!' sums it up neatly."

There's no such word as can't! by Tim Stockdale. RRP £20, UK only, available from www.timstockdale.com/shop.