Saturday, September 18, 2010

Beloved Horses in Second Careers Release Date!




The much anticipated 4th book in my Beloved Horses series will be officially released on September 25th. That day is the first event for my 2010 Equestrian Book Tour to celebrate the launch of the book. It will be held at the Dutch Wonderland Reading Jamboree near Lancaster, PA.
See http://authorevents.blogspot.com/ for details.

The popularity of the Book Cover Contest determined the final cover, featuring all four of the selected horses - Angel, a Miniature Horse; Miko, a Nokota Horse; Spot, A Paint Horse; and JB, a Standardbred.

The 25 stories include photographs and describe how these special horses changed the lives of their new owners. The Table of Contents below explains their breed, owner, background and current discipline. Some horses are renowned, such as Horse of the Year, Jamaica, the foundation horse for Chester C. Weber's International Combined Driving Team, and Lukas, dubbed the World's Smartest Horse and an equine celebrity. Others are backyard horses but still near and dear to their owner's hearts.

View my website - http:/www.sharonminer.com - after September 25th for details on ordering. A new site is in the planning stages, so make sure you reload the page if cached - the new site will feature all 8 of my books, including Beloved Horses in Second Careers.

Table of Contents

Chapter

Horse

Name

Chapter Title

Forward

Shane:

Grey Quarter Horse

Nicole Drumheller Gargus

Finding Shane

1

Angel:

Miniature Horse

Martha Duchnowski,

Broodmare to Combined Driving Champion

2

Benny:

Palomino Paint

Missy Wryn

Orphan Syndrome Rescue to Clinic Mount

3

Billy:

Morgan Horse

Hannah Davis

School Horse to Christmas Surprise

4

Bratlee:

Quarter Horse

Linda Vital

Police Horse to Therapy Mount

5

Cherokee:

Thoroughbred

Jane Bugni

Rehab to Champion Hunter

6

Dee Dee:

Quarter Horse

Joanie Loveless

Rescued Equine to School Horse

7

Duncan:

Standardbred

Judith Catchpole

Racehorse to Show Horse

8

Eclipse:

Arabian

Patti Magennis

Racehorse/Broodmare to Champion Show Horse

9

Galique:

Arabian

Betty Jo Bock

Show Horse to Psychotherapy Equine

10

Granny:

Thoroughbred

Suzi Hek

Racehorse to Versatile Equine

11

Halee:

Standardbred

Connie McComb

Harness Racer to Police Horse to Therapy Mount

12

Hochie:

Paint Horse

Brandy Crago

Rodeo Performer to Therapy Horse

13

Jamaica:

Dutch Warmblood

Chester C. Weber

Slaughter Rescue to Livery Horse to International Driving Champion

14

JB:

Standardbred

Helene Gregory

Racehorse to Versatile Show Horse

15

Lukas:

Thoroughbred

Karen Murdock

Throwaway Horse to Equine Celebrity

16

Mason:

Quarter Horse cross

Joe Mathews & Maggie

Rescued Horse to Jumper in Training

17

Miko:

Nokota Horse

Haley Stuscavage

Wild Horse Breed to American Sport Pony

18

Monty:

Thoroughbred

Karen Dilly

Rescued Horse to Therapy Mount

19

PetoƱo:

Quarter Horse

Leeann Fleetwood

Ranch Horse to Search & Rescue Mount

20

Rex:

American Saddlebred

Isabella Bertolani

World Champion Saddlebred to Youth Mount

21

Sam:

Tennessee Walking Horse

Charlotte Dutton

Amish Buggy Horse to Trail Companion

22

Spot:

Paint Horse

Caitlyn Keyes & Gene Lane

Pony Club to Therapy Mount

23

Sugar Pie:

Miniature Horse

Lori Horner

Broodmare to Therapy Mount

24

Timber:

Belgium Draft

Lauren Quintana

Logging Horse to Trail Mount Legend

25

Trippy:

Thoroughbred

Kathy & Aubrey Kriebel

Racehorse to Show Horse



Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Tale of Two Ponies



A Tale of Two Ponies by Linda Vital is an adorable story about two ponies who both want to be the cutest pony in the barn.

L'il Sugar and Hollywood are two Shetland Ponies at Happy Trails Stables. They are in the lesson program and are very popular. They work hard but they each think they are the best.

When one becomes sick (due to a prank by the other) the pony has to stay at the horse hospital. Soon the prankster feels bad and tries to make it up to her friend.

The artwork is wonderful. This story is about friendship and a great read for all youngsters - I gave it to my granddaughter and she loved it!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gracie - A Canyon Meadows Story Book 2




The second book of the Canyon Meadows series by D.L. Rodriguez is called Gracie.

Gracie - a French/German Warmblood - tells her life story in this educational horse book for young readers. They will enjoy learning about a foal growing up, training, health issues and foaling while hearing it all from the perspective of a mare who loves to brag about her French background.

It's a cute story and I especially liked the scenes where Gracie interacts with the farm's two pygmy goats! The stories are based on the author's relationships with her animals.