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. Volume XVI Number 12. . . .November 20, 2009
Ashleigh’s life revolves around horses. She rescues them, works with them, owns them and is building a future around them. In Horse Mad Western, Ashleigh is going to learn something new about horses- how to ride them Western style. Unfortunately, the person doing part of the training is her worst enemy- Flea Fowler. In eight weeks, Ashleigh Miller will be competing in her first Western Riding Show. It will be difficult, but her riding instructor likes to challenge everyone at the Shady Creek Riding Club. Until the day of the Riding Show, 11-year-old Ashleigh and her best friend, Becky Cho, will be hearing new lingo, trying on new riding clothes, and learning skills such as the Western walk, neck-reining, and the quarter method.
Horse Mad Western is the fifth book in the “Horse Mad” series by Australian author Kathy Helidoniotis. Ashleigh’s sworn enemies and best friends are back, but in this book she’s surprised when she sees a more helpful, responsible side of one of the Creepketeers, and a more boy-crazy side of her friend, Jenna. Ashleigh is also still busy training and watching out for horses. She is dutifully taking care of the two horses she owns and the many horses she works with, and watching how other owners treat their horses. It’s when two spoiled brats and a spiteful competitive rider cross her path that Ashleigh makes choices that put her job, her reputation, and other people’s safety in jeopardy.
Australian Kathy Helidoniotis is the author of the “Horse Mad” series and many other books for children, including Animal Opposites and Lucas the Littlest Lizard. A trained teacher, Kathy enjoys writing, reading and riding.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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