Pegasus, the magical winged horse, has inspired human imagination for centuries. Finding Pegasus is the rich and inspiring story of Tara Beacon, an equestrian athlete consumed by her ambition to compete at the Olympic Games, yet all the while struggling to escape the pain of an abusive childhood. Mirroring her angst is her talented and sensitive thoroughbred who, after years of intensive training with internationally renowned professionals, refuses to submit to human coercion.
Finally awakening to the fact that she is reenacting her oppressive upbringing by attempting to dominate her horse, Tara enters into an apprenticeship with an eighty-year-old cowboy with mysterious abilities. Similar to a Zen master, Tom Dorrance never calls himself a teacher or explains what he does, continually perplexing Tara and those who work with him. Yet his wisdom is reflected in his ability to use horses (and anything else available to him) as a means of helping humans learn about themselves and their relationship to the natural world. With him Tara begins the long and arduous journey to self-awareness, and a resolution to her secretive past.
(Softcover, 268 pages)
About the author
Terry Church has been a professional horse trainer, dressage instructor and competitor for the past thirty-four years. Although “classically trained” through the FEI (international) levels in the United States and Germany, she came to understand that the current methods of training horses predominantly reflect the human quest for dominance and control, rather than a recognition of how animals can benefit from and enhance the human experience through respectful partnerships.
Synchronicity led her to a meeting with the great master horseman, Tom Dorrance, with whom she spent the next seven years relearning everything she thought she knew about horses — and about herself. Ms. Church currently travels extensively throughout the United States where she uses horses to facilitate a person’s process of self-discovery, thereby broadening their awareness and sensitivity to themselves and the natural world.
In addition to her lifelong passion for horses, Ms. Church has had an interest in writing since early childhood. As an adult she studied writing for five years in Santa Barbara with author Bill Richardson, who became a primary influence in helping her face the truth about her life — and how to express that in words. She has published a number of articles in magazines and trade journals.