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Paralympic Rider Karen Brain Inspires Readers to Chase Their Dreams
Saanichton, BC, Canada
After a young horse falls on Canadian event rider Karen Brain, she is left an incomplete paraplegic. After her surgery, when she fully realizes the severity of her injury, Karen's initial response is relief. For the first time in years she is free of the stressful burden of being responsible for the care, training, and campaigning of her horses, the constant struggle to find enough money to keep going, and the relentless pressure to find (and maintain in peak condition) a top notch competition horse.

"I had no idea how hard it was for Karen to keep eventing," says author Nikki Tate, whose biography of Karen Brain chronicles the determined equestrian's drive to succeed at the top levels of international competition both before and after her devastating accident. "To say that such a debilitating accident was a relief – it just shows the stress levels these athletes are constantly dealing with."

Karen's response quickly changed from 'great – I needed a break' to 'how can I get back in the saddle?' and the story of how she returned to international competition is nothing short of remarkable. Though Karen Brain's journey to the Paralympic Games in Athens is filled with challenges from start to finish, it's impossible to read Double Take: Karen Brain's Olympic Journey and not be left with a sense of triumph and accomplishment. "It was gruelling to listen to Karen's stories and then to write about how she fought back after an accident that could easily have ended her career," Tate says.

"I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw the two bronze medals that Karen won at the Athens Paralympic Games," Tate confesses. "After spending dozens of hours interviewing Karen and her family, I know what kind of Herculean effort went into winning those medals."

Anyone who has ever met Karen will know it's true when she says she considers herself to be one of the luckiest people she knows. As she says, "More and more as I age, I catch myself thinking, 'Everything always works out for me in the end…'"

Horse lovers can meet Nikki Tate and Karen Brain (who will fly back from Europe, where she is training and competing in preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games) at the official launch of Double Take at the Greenhawk Tack Store at 7154 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay Village (Vancouver Island) on October 20th, 2007. The book signing will get under way at 4:30 pm with a formal talk and presentation commencing at 5:30 pm. BC author Julie White will also launch her new novel, High Fences at the Greenhawk event.  

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