“A forgotten piece of Americana brought to vivid life.”— Kirkus Reviews
In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey… Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.
I am a wife, a mom and a grandmother. I am also a competitive equestrian and award-winning author. I especially love to write about horses, both real or fantasy. In 2016, I released, "In the Heart of a Mustang." This story is not a fantasy but it is all about horses. This coming of age young adult novel has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Literary Classics Awards in Young Adult General Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards as well as the Silver Medal from Readers Favorite Awards.
My current project is a four-part series titled “The Centaur Chronicles”. I am excited about this new middle-grade fantasy. The first book, “The Stone of Mercy,” was released on Oct. 1, 2016. It has already garnered several awards including the Gold Medal from the Feathered Quill awards. The second, “The Stone of Courage,” was released on April 15, 2017 and has won a Book Excellence Award.
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If you love historical fiction, you will love "PINTO!" It is based upon the true story of the longest horseback ride in history...20,300 miles over the course of three years! For the last two years, I have been researching this lost bit of Americana by reading one hundred- year-old journals and articles, and studying old photographs. Only one horse made it the entire way...Pinto-a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country.
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
Spring was coming. That is to say, the rain was getting warmer. Such was the only thing I was happy about. I was living in a poorly fenced paddock set far back from the road and partly concealed behind several of the thousands of giant Douglas Fir trees that covered the Pacific Northwest where I was born. The mud-soaked corral, in which I spent most of my time of late, was causing the frogs in the soles of my hooves to itch with thrush.