The Immediate legacy of Pat Smythe: The pony-mad teenager in 1950s and 1960s Britain.
The chapter focuses on the life of Britain's Pat Smythe (22 November 1928-27 February 1996) particularly her autobiographical writing. It argues that her dominance as a national championship winner, and international competitiveness after her 1949 Belgian Grand Prix win, helped to create a new vogue for horse riding among British youth, especially girls. The 1950s and 1960s were important times for the swift change in the image of horse riding.
Citation:Williams, J. (2011) The Immediate Legacy of Pat Smythe: The Pony-mad Teenager in 1950s and 1960s Britain. In: Dave Day (ed.) Sporting Lives. Manchester: MMU Institute for Performance Research, pp. 16-29
Research Group:International Centre for Sports History and Culture
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