Karen Thrun first visited us several years ago when her idea for “Australian Legends” was but an unfertilized follicle. She explained what she had in mind and I knew it was something that was long overdue. As I looked at this intelligent young woman speaking with such enthusiasm, the foremost thought in my mind was “Whatever this lady does will be of benefit to the industry, but I don’t think she has the faintest idea how big this thing is.”
She didn’t but, being Karen, she soon twigged and rearranged her thinking to cope with the situation. It has thrilled me to watch Karen grow to meet the challenges of the huge project that she undertook.
What she has finally presented to us is far, far more than just a ‘benefit to the industry’. The book is a fascinating record of the 11 horses profiled. More than that it is a moving tribute to people involved with the establishment of the Quarter Horse in this country.
The sense of awe that hit me when I opened my copy of Legends was nearly akin to when I first watched Clover Cherry cut a cow forty years ago. How Karen Thrun, who was not even born when much of what she wrote about was happening, has managed to get such a handle on the excitement, the commitment, and the sense many people had of being on the cusp of something that was bigger than the sum total of all of us is remarkable. Remarkable also is her depiction of larger than life characters involved in the early days of the industry, of the gambles they took, of a certain ratbaggery that would now be frowned on in these over-regulated times …
She has brought to life for posterity an incredible time in the history of the horse industry in this country – a time which forced us to confront our appalling lack of knowledge in this area and embark upon a never-ending voyage of discovery.
I look forward with anticipation to her next book but cannot believe that it will be as good as this one. In closing I must pay tribute to Claus Thrun, because I believe that without his constant support, encouragement and wisdom, this project might not have come to fruition.

Merrie Elliot, Booborowie, SA.