Winner of the Book Excellence Award for Middle-Grade Fiction.
“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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We have all been living through a memorable year of ups and downs...mainly downs! The Overland Westerners and Pinto knew all about ups and downs. To Pinto, all was fine if he had a place to sleep at night and plenty of hay and grain. To the men, it wasn't that simple. Not only was the journey arduous, they rarely experienced the success and recognition they expected. It is a rather sad story unless you take the lesson of perseverance and commitment to heart and learn from how they, especially George Beck, faced their challenges. We all have ups and downs in our lives. Let's find strength and joy in the ups so we can get through the downs.
PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History
George had been looking forward to reaching this city of Omaha for several days. He was sure that returning to the “West,” as he called it, would bring us more success and popularity. He expected large crowds as we entered the city. Instead, as we passed through the town, no one seemed to pay us any mind. They huddled in groups, their noses buried in newspapers and talking with high energy and frantic voices. Perhaps it was because I could not read a newspaper that I didn’t know a great war had broken out across the ocean on the 28th of July 1914.