The Man Behind the Mike
Mike Tucker: The Voice of Equestrianism
Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The pinnacle of Mike's career as a commentator was covering Nick Skelton's Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the BBC.
In `The Man Behind the Mike' we learn about Mike's family history and the connection with the Badminton Estate where his grandfather farmed; The Beaufort Pony Club, a huge influence in his life with many top level riders being members; a visit to Australia, staying with the Roycroft family, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his efforts to become a successful event rider; and about Mike's second place at Badminton, which laid the foundations of his credibility as a rider and commentator.
The `voice behind the microphone' had the experience and knowledge to commentate with authority and to command respect from the listening public at venues of not just horse trials but also show jumping, dressage, and shows in general. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise.
We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and `The Man Behind the Mike'.
Reviews for The Man Behind the Mike
Jane Wallace has done a heroic job in completing this book and has thoroughly done justice to a quite irreplaceable man of great passion, kindness and, above all, humour.
Kate Green , Country Life
A fantastic book which gives a tremendous insight of the late Mike Tucker. The Man Behind the Mike should be on everyone’s read list – a superb tribute to someone who gave so much to the sport.
Jane Wallace’s book began as a collaboration but she was forced to finish without its main character after his untimely death. But Wallace has succeeded in creating both a biography and a tribute to Tucker, marshalling both Mike’s words and those of his friends and colleagues. A fitting tribute.
Alexandra Henton, The Field
‘The Man Behind the Mike’ is a wonderful tribute to Mike Tucker, giving us fascinating insight to his life in horses from those who knew him best. A mix of autobiographical quotes and those from friends an colleagues, it interweaves into a rich tapestry so fitting for a man whose voice and personality was known and loved throughout equestrianism.
Martha Terry , Horse & Hound