John Fahey OA is Australiaís most successful Olympic showjumper. Known as The Master because of his outstanding riding successes and horsemanship, he is a dual Olympian who won top-level showjumping events on four continents and has broken two World Cup Showjumping world records. John also excelled at campdrafting, winning four World Champion Campdraft titles, and in horseracing, where he won races and trained winners in metropolitan racing. He also won Champion Gentleman Rider at all of Australiaís biggest Royal shows.
Winning his first showriding ribbon at three, and starting stock work at age four, Johnís determination, perseverance and ability to cope with adversity saw him take to the international showjumping stage at the age of twenty-one, and continue having top-level success throughout his adventurous career.
Johnís life is Australian Story on steroids. John came from a pioneering family of expert horsemen. His father, Tom, a founding breeder of Australian Stock Horses, a horse trainer, and one of Australiaís top sporting event competitors, gave John a head start in horsemanship. John began competing when horses were a means of transport, then through the era of shipping horses to Olympic competitions and on to the jet age flying to competitions on the other side of the globe.
Many aspects of Australian country life unfold, from rural schooling, and country and city shows, to farming and establishing new equestrian properties. Johnís ideas on competing and horsemanship weave into this story to educate the reader in riding, training and maintenance of performance horses.
Many colourful characters came into Johnís life, and many became firm friends. But the most charming characters have been his many wonderful horses. Their courage and cooperation, and their partnership in Johnís thousands of wins, were due to the special bond that he had with each. This is what makes John Faheyís story unusual and very special.