One Hundred and Four Horses

One Hundred and Four Horses

A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

Book - 2013 | First edition
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This extraordinary real-life adventure follows the authors as they, after President Robert Mugabe's war veterans invaded the farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans and violently reclaimed the land, embarked on a dangerous trek across east Africa to take orphaned horses to safety. 75,000 first printing.

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There is little in this world that a family cannot endure, if endure they must. For we all have it within us to lose everything, absolutely everything, and still find strength in the most simple, beautiful things.

Pat and Mandy Retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses.

But in early 2001, the Retzlaffs' lives were thrown into turmoil when armed members of President Robert Mugabe's War Veterans' Association began invading the farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans and violently reclaiming the land. Under the threat of death, the family was forced to flee, leaving behind a lifetime's possessions and becoming exiles in the only country they had ever called home.

As other families across the country fled, they left behind not only their homes but dozens of horses. Devoted animal lovers, Pat and Mandy&;now essentially homeless themselves&;vowed to save these horses: Shere Khan, the queen of the herd; Tequila, the escape artist forever breaking free and trying to walk back to his original home; Grey, the silver gelding and leader; Princess, the temperamental mare; and the numerous others they rescued along the way.

One Hundred and Four Horses is a love story and an epic tale of survival and unbreakable bonds&;those that hold us to land and family, but also those between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse.



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Describes the author's decision to embark on a dangerous trek across East Africa in an effort to take orphaned horses to safety after farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans were violently reclaimed by President Robert Mugabe's war veterans.
"Pat and Mandy Retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses. But in early 2001, the Retzlaffs' lives were thrown into turmoil when armed members of President Robert Mugabe's War Veterans' Association began invading the farmlands owned by white Zimbabweans and violently reclaiming the land"--Dust jacket flap.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062204370
0062204378
9780062204387
0062204386
Branch Call Number: Biography R316r
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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