Only Heroes And Horses

How many authors bring a horse to their book signings? Well, Park Lane Stables proprietor, Natalie O’Rourke MBE, did just that. Local photographer Cathy Cooper was there to snap the action…

Natalie’s autobiography Only Heroes and Horses reveals how she spent her childhood dreaming of running a riding stables when she grew up. She wanted her stables to cater for children and adults with disabilities, additional needs and anyone who needed a friend – she knew they could find happiness through horses, because she had.

The heartwarming and poignant story about how she saved Park Lane Stables for the community shows how sheer determination and true grit won the day.

The book was launched at The Park hotel in Teddington, where Natalie was interviewed by racing broadcaster Nick Luck in between signing copies. The following day veteran horse Trigger accompanied her to bookshops in leafy Kew and Ham Parade, much to the delight of passersby who stopped for a pat, offered a treat and boosted book sales.

The Jubilee party on 2nd June was not just a chance for the horses to get dressed up but also for Natalie to announce that she had received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of all the volunteers.

It has been an amazing year for Natalie and her team and it’s only just over halfway through! 

Only Heroes and Horses is published by Hachette, available from local bookshops or visit

Cathy Cooper

Twickenham Photographer

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