Sunday, December 16, 2007

Happy Holidays!

On Saturday, December 15th, I was invited to do a book signing at Winning Edge Tack Shop in Ocala, Florida, near where we are spending the winter. I was pleased to have a couple of great gals who I had interviewed for stories in my Beloved Sport Horses join me at the event. That's Jeanne McDonald, breeder of Gypsy Vanner Horses, on the left and Denise Hopkins, a trick horse trainer, on the right. Many thanks to them and Winning Edge for their support!

I am planning a fundraiser for make A Wish Foundation involving ten special editions of Beloved Sport Horses. More on that in my next Blog!

I recently finished reading the first three novels by Dick Francis. They were all in one paperback - very handy!

Dead Cert, Nerve and For Kicks are wonderful mystery stories with each protagonist being a different but fascinating steeplechase jockey in England. The stable settings, racing scenes and equine personalities are very realistic despite that all three novels were written in the early 1960's! If you have never read a Dick Francis novel, I suggest you find one to get lost in; I've never been disappointed by them! There are two certainties with Dick Francis - they are always written in first person and are always set with a racing background, or at least have horses in them. My favorite scene? When the hero in For Kicks jumps on a racehorse bareback and gallops cross country trying to avoid being killed!

Next review will feature trail riding in Pennsylvania by Carolyn Cook.
Have a wonderful and peaceful Holiday Season!

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