Flying Change book review
Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award
Submissions for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award came from all over the world, included among them histories, biographies, fiction, and a volume on equine law.
In addition to the winner, finalists for 2012 were: Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions, by Susan Nusser; and The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addiction and Salvation, by Rudolph Valier Alvarado, with Garrett Gomez.
Dr. Ryan, the founder of Europe’s Ryanair airline, loved a good book and horse racing. In 2006 he launched the Castleton Lyons Book Award, which with $10,000 in prize money quickly drew entries from some of the world’s best sporting authors. Dr. Ryan passed away the following year. His son Shane, president of Castleton Lyons, carried on the contest and changed the name to honor his father’s legacy.
Castleton Lyons is a Thoroughbred facility located near Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of Blue Grass country. This ranch has produced some of America’s most notable racehorses.