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Book Review: Keeping Secrets (for Young Readers)

Author Maggie Dana scores a hit with the first in her nine-book Timber Ridge Riders series. She hooks not only her 9-13 readership, but adults as well. Everyone enjoys a tale of good-vs-bad, winning-vs-losing and the challenge of being a good person, goo

Mystery at Black Horse Farm by Jenny Hughes

Book Review: Mystery at Black Horse Farm (for Young Readers)

Yasmine's two-week stay at summer camp with her horse Flint becomes way more exciting--and dangerous--than she ever imagined.

Fantasy Horse by Jenny Hughes

Book Review: Fantasy Horse (for Young Readers)

Emma and some of her fellow riders are chosen to ride in a theatrical event at a new theme park. They're thrilled until thefts, arson and attacks on individuals threaten to cancel the show.

Model Horse by Jenny Hughes

Book Review: Model Horse (for Young Readers)

Jenny Hughes latest novel is a treat for girls aged 9 to 12. In it, Casey has to cure her new horses dangerous tendencies or be forced to give him up.


Book Review: My Favorite Mistake

The action picks up speed in the second book in Georgina Bloomberg's The A Circuit series for teens, with lots of boy-girl drama among the riders at elite Pelham Lane.


Book Review: Crown Prince Challenged

The second book in Linda Snow McLoon's Brookmeade Young Rider Series continues the adventures of Sarah, who has acquired her dream horse and now must train the young Thoroughbred.

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Horses Healing Hearts Brings Smiles to Children

Horses Healing Hearts helps children raised with addiction in their home by working with horses.

Gentle Carousel Horses visit Sandy Hook memorial to the slain children and teachers.

Miniature Horses Comfort Newtown Families

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses recently returned to Florida after two weeks in Newtown, CT, where they interacted with Sandy Hook families and first responders.

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Kids and Horses

What's being done to bring more kids into the world of horses? Quite a lot, actually.


Book Review: True Blue by Jane Smiley

True Blue is the third novel by Jane Smiley about young rider Abby Lovitt and her adventures on the family ranch with the horses that her dad buys and sells.

Jim Hunt (left) and Joni Hunt (right) present Holly Kiess, Kaycee Szymanski, Alan Hinds, Shianne Hoatson and Paige Portenier with their 2012 project foals at the Hunts' Open Rafter Ranch Production Sale. (Photo by Lezlie Moore)

Young Horse Development Project

The AQHA Ranching Council awards inaugural project winners and announces 2012 foal recipients.

Video: CHA Young Riders Clinic

Starting them out young? Christy Landwehr and Middle Tennessee State's Anne Brzezicki explain the basics in a horsemanship clinic for youngsters from the Certified Horsemanship Association.


American Shetland Pony Congress

The 65th anniversary Congress will take place August 7-11, 2012, at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. The Congress is the longest continually running show of the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., one of the oldest breed registries in the United States.


United States Pony Clubs 2012 Championships East

The competition takes place July 26-29 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Seven different disciplines will be contested.


AQHYA Youth Initiative Plan

AQHA launches the development of a youth initiative that will open more doors to younger kids.


Book Review: Big Book of Hidden Horses

Deborah Eve Rubin has created a delightful collection of puzzles, quizzes and trivia that will fascinate parents as well as children.

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Pony Club Alumni in the Spotlight

The USEF just named horse and rider combinations to the Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games Eventing team. It is no surprise that many riders listed have Pony Club backgrounds. Eight of the 11 riders named to the short list belonged to a Pony Club.

Leading Cherokee to his new home. Photo Kristie Allison

Getting My First Horse

On her 16th birthday, Kristie Allison chose a horse over a '67 Mustang--and her life was forever changed.

Courtesy Connie Lechleitner

Making It Count

Two rookie youth exhibitors make the most of their first--and last--year of youth eligibility for AQHA events.

Luke, Kate and Jim Neubert in 1987. Courtesy of the Neubert family.

Ranch Raised Kids and Horses

Ranch kids get well acquainted with hard work, traditions?-and a whole lot of freedom and fun. Courtesy AQHA's America's Horse Daily

Kristie Allison and Cherokee

Horses and Flying Saucers Don't Mix

Kristie Allison's scheme to combine sledding and riding does not work out exactly as planned.

The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes

Book Review: The Island Horse

Set in Nova Scotia in the early 1800s, The Island Horse by Susan Hughes is a great book for readers about the same age as ten-year-old Ellie, the book's main character.

Tex, by Dorie McCullough Lawson

Book Review: Tex

Luke is a little boy who lives by the sea but wants to be a cowboy in the West. In the picture book by Dorie McCullough Lawson, readers get to share his dream.

Little Connor "makes the connection." Photo by Don Treadway, Jr.

Grandparents Make the Connection

Grandparents have a tremendous influence on their grandkids' love of horses.