Racehorse Trainer Reflects on Inspiring Journey to the Top of Arabian Horse Racing with ‘One-Eyed Wonder’ Magna Terra Smoky

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In her debut equine memoir, Barbara Jagoda shares Smoky’s Cinderella transformation from an insecure colt to a massive success and demonstrates the realities of fate and destiny

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Authentically told with a voice of a true horse woman. Always sensitive and understanding of horses she gets the best from them. An engaging story of a woman and a horse in the world of horse racing.

Retired educator and racehorse trainer Barbara Jagoda has released her inspiring equine memoir that chronicles the special bond she forged as a young woman who dreamed of racing horses with Magna Terra Smoky – an unwanted, insecure colt who faced being sent to auction and, potentially, his death.

In “Magna Terra Smoky,” Jagoda shares the Cinderella story of a young horse who crosses paths with the right person at the right time and goes on to find immense success in the racing world, despite early setbacks. With Jagoda’s love, dedication and patience, Smoky battles and conquers physical and mental obstacles to achieve fame and glory as the record-breaking “One-Eyed Wonder” of Arabian Horse Racing. And as Smoky meets his challenges with determination, so does Jagoda. Together, they make a strong and remarkable team that serves as an authentic testament to the notions of fate and destiny.

“Smoky started out as a special horse in my life, and as time went on, I learned that he was far more than that – he was extra special,” Jagoda said. “I spent 28 wonderful years with Smoky as his owner, trainer and best friend, and I cherish the time I had with him and all the things he taught me.”

“Magna Terra Smoky” also reflects on real issues in the equine world, such as when “problem” horses are sent to auction because no one took the time to understand their needs. Often, Jagoda says, these horses were in the hands of a person who did not understand or did not take the time to try to understand the horse’s challenge. When this happens, a good-natured horse becomes a “problem” horse – but with the right intervention, many of these discarded horses could have succeeded, just as Smoky did.

“Authentically told with a voice of a true horse woman,” a reader wrote in a five-star review of the book on Amazon. “Always sensitive and understanding of horses she gets the best from them. An engaging story of a woman and a horse in the world of horse racing.”

“Magna Terra Smoky”
By Barbara Jagoda
ISBN: 978-1-4907-9185-2 (hardcover); 978-1-4907-9184-5 (softcover); 978-1-4907-9186-9 (e-book)
Available through Trafford, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Barbara Jagoda is a retired science schoolteacher and racehorse trainer who now works part time as a test administrator for a global company. Upon graduation and receiving her first paycheck as a new teacher, she immediately purchased Pearl, the first of her long string of equine companions. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Jagoda went on to enjoy many years as a competitor in NATRC (competitive trail riding) and later served as a judge for these events. In later years, she also competed in AERC (endurance riding) on another favorite horse, Roc-et Arapaho. Over the years, Jagoda has rescued and rehabilitated over a dozen horses either from auction houses or from homes where she discovered starving horses. Most of these horses were not broke to ride and each one rewarded her patience, love and attention by turning out to be wonderful mounts. Jagoda currently resides near Colorado Springs, Co. To learn more, please visit http://www.magnaterrasmoky.com.

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