Equestrian great honoured
|Equestrian great honoured - 5th Jun 2012|
Australia's first equestrian Olympic gold medallist spent almost three decades as a farmer in Tarcutta and now his legend will live forever.|
Too Tough To Lose is a book that provides a detailed insight into the life of the late Laurie Morgan.
It took 12 years for his son, Warwick, to write and the amount of detail and fact inside means it is a valuable document for the history of Australian equestrian sport.
At a time when Australian equestrians were unheard of, Laurie won two gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics with his horse, Salad Days, who had been bred from the bush.
"When they went over there in that era, the Europeans were dominant in that sport and didn't give the Australians a hope, they just laughed at the Australian-bred thoroughbreds," Warwick said.
"It was nearly unbelievable (when he won) I was gobsmacked and all the Australians were.
"That's one of the reasons for writing the book, I always felt very proud of him.
"He has such an extraordinary story that had to be told and it's taken me so long to do it because I wanted to get all the facts right – it gives you a fantastic insight into the sport at that time."
But Laurie's achievements did not stop there; he also trained and rode his own horse in the English Grand National, something he had dreamed of doing since he was a boy.
From 1964 until 1992, Laurie owned Hambledon at Tarcutta, where the family worked hard as cattle farmers.
Warwick will officially launch the book in Melbourne next weekend and then be touring around Wagga on June 13 and 14.
Coming to the city will also give him a chance to catch up with his daughter, who is carrying on the family's passion by studying animal science at Charles Sturt University.
Those wanting to purchase a copy of Too Tough To Lose can do so at warwickmorgan.com.