Award-winning author Linda Benson writes fiction for animal lovers of all ages. Her novels include The Girl Who Remembered Horses, Six Degrees of Lost, Walking the Dog, Finding Chance, and The Horse Jar (which has been translated into Spanish) as well as a series of short reads called Cat Tales.
Ms. Benson has been a veterinary assistant, zoo keeper, race track groom, realtor, children's librarian, and owned both a native plant nursery and a saddle shop. She currently teaches English as a Second Language.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a myriad of animals. Visit her at Linda Benson - Fiction for Animal Lovers
Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her. She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.
She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies and is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Equine Science via distance education.
Christine has worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland for a breeding season.
She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.
Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, she writes a blog about equine education which you can view at http://equus-blog.com/
Christine Meunier, equine author and educator
http://www.freereinseries.com/ - a horse series for pre-teens about faith and horse care
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http://www.horsecountrybook.com/ - Horse Country available for sale in ebook and hard copy formats!
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Natalie Keller Reinert grew up with horses: first riding hunters, then discovering her true love, eventing, with a green off-track Thoroughbred named Amarillo. But never one to turn down an experience, she has also started and galloped racehorses, groomed for Olympians, rode on mounted patrol in NYC, and so much more. Today, Reinert lives in Florida with her family, where she spends most of her time writing. Visit her at Natalie Keller Reinert
Milton C. Toby
Milt Toby has been writing about Thoroughbred racing for more than 40 years. His books include Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award honoring the best book about Thoroughbred racing and an American Horse Publications award as the best equine book of the year); Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky (Milt’s second American Horse Publications book award winner); Cañonero II: The Rags to Riches Story of the Kentucky Derby’s Most Improbable Winner; Ruffian (part of the Legends series from Eclipse Press); and The Complete Equine Legal and Business Handbook.
An attorney and past Chair of the Contracts & Conflicts Committee of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Milt often speaks to writers groups about copyright and publishing contracts. Milt lives in Central Kentucky with his wife, equine veterinarian Roberta Dwyer (an accomplished author in her own right), and a modest but much-loved menagerie: Burdock the Dalmatian, Echo the Doberman, and a pair of rescue cats, Plumpkin and Sherlock. Visit Milt’s website at www.miltonctoby.com. (Bill Straus photo)
L. R. Trovillion
L. R. Trovillion’s love of the written word began at the early age of ten when she penned her first mystery “novel.” Since then she’s pursued degrees in Russian language and literature and has earned a living as a translator, teacher, reporter, and editor. When not writing, she’s at work training and showing her horses or caring for her Maryland farm which she shares with her husband, daughter, and two dogs who think they run the place. Visit her website at www.lrtrovillion.com
Kimberly Kayte Bloss
Kimberly Kayte Bloss has been published in Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service, a collection of short stories. Her article exploring a local therapeutic riding program was published in Plank Road Magazine. Morgan horses are her breed of choice and she is drawn to older horses which is why she runs an unofficial equine retirement sanctuary in Upstate NY. Her oldest resident is E B Top Cat, celebrating his 34th birthday this Spring.
With a life balanced between books and horses, Lisa is an author, equine clinician, and motivational speaker who trains horses for and consults with therapeutic riding programs. Lisa is a registered level PATH instructor and also holds certifications as a Mentor, and as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In addition, she has been chosen as one of the country's Top 50 riding instructors by ARIA (American Riding Instructor's Association). She first studied to be a horse trainer at the University of Minnesota, and then brought her ideas on success to the national show ring.
In addition to the many award-winning nonfiction books that she has co-authored, Lisa's book and DVD, My Horse, My Partner: Teamwork on the Ground focus on helping horse and human partners form amazing bonds using traditional ground training, natural horsemanship, and desensitization. And, Lisa combines her love of horses and country music in Horse Country: A Celebration of Country Music and the Love of Horses. This beautiful coffee table book features twenty-seven of the top stars of country music talking about how horses changed their life for the better. Therapy Horse Selection helps horse owners and therapeutic riding centers know which horses will serve best. Her award-winning Cat Enright equestrian mystery series, The Opium Equation, and The Magnum Equation, will be followed by The Fame Equation in late 2015.
As a speaker Lisa has motivated people from dozens of companies and associations. As an equine clinician she helps horses and humans connect in a meaningful way, assists people in reaching their goals with horses, and helps people understand the “whys” behind equine behavior. Visit her website at http://www.lisawysocky.com
Diana Kimpton has always loved horses and writing about them gives her the perfect excuse to go to the stables when she should be working. Despite all her time-wasting activities, she has written over forty books for children and young people, including her successful Pony-Mad Princess series. Visit her at http://www.dianakimpton.co.uk
Meghan Namaste is a writer and laborer who grew up off the grid, raising livestock in the wilderness. She is an amateur dressage rider who also loves trail riding on her small grade Paint mare.
Currently working on her fourth book, Ms. Namaste is hoping to begin studying welding, but creativity will always be her driving force, as well as a love for animals.
Kate Lattey lives in Paraparaumu, New Zealand and started riding at the age of 10. She was lucky enough to get her first pony two years later, and went on to compete regularly as a teenager before heading to university.In the years since, Kate has never been far from horses, and has worked in various jobs including as a livery yard groom in England, a trekking guide in Ireland, running a riding school in New Zealand, and spending five wonderful summers in the USA as a camp counsellor at Road's End Farm, NH. During her time there Kate wrote several short stories about the farm's horses, which were a huge hit with the campers.
Kate currently coaches at her local Pony Club, judges at shows in the local area, and enjoys training her horse JJ for show hunter (hunter jumper) competitions. Kate has been reading and writing pony stories ever since she can remember, and loves being able to share them with readers from all over the world. Visit http://www.nzponywriter.com for updates, info and sneak previews of upcoming releases!
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I’m a freelance journalist and magazine editor, and the author of nearly 40 books about horses. I can’t get away from them – not that I want to. Looking after and riding my horses keeps me grounded, as you’ll all understand.
I sold my first article to Pony magazine when I was 12 and got my first book publishing contract in 1990. I had the little bit of luck every writer needs: I came up with the right idea at the right time and J A Allen took a chance on me.
As a reader, I’ve always been hooked on horse and pony stories and wrote short stories for Pony and Horse and Pony magazines. My latest book is Beside Me, a teen/YA novel which centres on relationships, suspense, a ghostly mystery and...horses.
I’m working on a follow-up to Beside Me, and on another project. It was supposed to be a mainstream YA novel, but guess what? By Chapter 2, a horse had found his way in.
Mara Dabrishus is an award-winning young adult author and librarian at a small college in Northeast Ohio. Horse racing is her first great love, but for the past several years she's ridden dressage, learning how to spiral in, half halt, and perform the perfect figure eight. Her first novel, Stay the Distance, was released in March 2015. Visit her at www.maradabrishus.com