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My Horse My Friend“…It is essential to establish trust with a horse if force is to be eliminated and cooperation gained,” writes reviewer Mary Daniels in the November 2013 issue of Dressage Today Magazine. “Well [MY HORSE, MY FRIEND] is where that begins, with the next generation…there is a great deal included in the few pages of this book, which I strongly recommend as a gift for a young person in your life whose interest in horses is awakening.”

You can read the complete review in the November issue of Dressage Today, which is on newsstands October 22.

MY HORSE, MY FRIEND is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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Already pre-thinking about the beating the pre-holiday rush? TSB has other great titles for youngsters who love to ride, want to ride, or just always choose horses over everything else. Check out these popular books, some of which are ON SALE this fall!

 

HowtoSpeakHorseHOW TO SPEAK HORSE (Ages 6 to 9)

Natural horsemanship for kids, with a focus on groundwork that is safe and fun for children.

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Tex Final Front

TEX (Ages 2 to 5)

“This introduction to working ranch life will captivate and inform young readers. It also paves the way for valuing jobs well done.” –Horses All

“If you have a kid who is a little bit Western, or a little bit horsey, this book is for you. Recommended as the best kid’s Christmas gift!” –Horse Radio Network

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CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED (Ages 10 and Up)

*A selection of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club

“With a myriad of horse facts written into the story, adolescent readers will find these books not only entertaining but educational as well.” –Equine Journal

“These are special books…engaging in their action, authentic in their detail, and firs-rate in their direct appeal to the reader’s emotions.” –Maine Sunday Telegraph

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"Rocky," TSB author Kayla Starnes' surprise champion Toy Aussie. Photo courtesy of Kayla Starnes.

“Rocky,” TSB author Kayla Starnes’ surprise champion Toy Aussie. Photo courtesy of Kayla Starnes.

 

We all know that riders, trainers—and yes, horse book authors—have lives that extend beyond the barn and outside the paddock. Ever wonder what they like to do when they’re not on the back of a horse or teaching a clinic?

TSB author Kayla Starnes, author of the USTRC-endorsed TEAM ROPING 101, is on her way to the Toy Australian Shepherd Association of America (TASAA) National Championships in Ridgefield, Washington, October 16-18, 2013. And Kayla’s not flying all the way from Texas to Washington to ogle Toy Aussies—she and her own pup “Rocky” are competing for the National Championship.

The TASAA National Championships is a specialty show put on once a year for competitors to show off their best Toy Aussie. According to the TASAA website, it is the highest honor to be crowned a TASAA National Champion.

“Toy Australian Shepherds are a smaller version of the standard-sized Aussie,” explains Kayla. “They have the same look and herding ability, in a 13-inch tall package and have become very popular with the horse crowd the past few decades because they are perfectly-sized for the road.”

 

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“The fact that we are going to the National Championship is still crazy to me!” Kayla admits. “Six months ago, I hadn’t ever seen a dog show and Rocky had lived seven years in obscurity as a ranch dog. Then, an acquaintance invited me to a show and we went, just to watch. There, the show secretary told me I really should consider entering my dog, so I did. A fellow competitor was kind enough to show me the ropes and help me with some quick grooming. Rocky ended that day Reserve Best In Show!

“That evening, Rocky managed to steal my chili dog when I wasn’t looking, so I had to buy myself a new dinner. I forgave him, of course, and now it’s tradition—every time he wins, he gets a hotdog. Rocky has eaten a lot of them this summer! He has earned his championship title in conformation, as well as an international championship.

“Nationals will be his last competition. He’s retiring from the show ring and gets to come home and be a dad. In fact, his first puppies are already on their way! That litter should be here just in time for the holidays.”

Kayla assures us that win or lose at Nationals, Rocky gets a chili dog. He’s earned it!

Everyone at TSB wishes Kayla and Rocky the best of luck at the TASAA National Championships next week.

(And stay tuned to the TSB blog for more Secret Lives of Horse Book Authors!)

 

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TEAM ROPING 101, by Kayla Starnes and endorsed by the USTRC, is available from the TSB online bookstore.

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What they’re saying about TEAM ROPING 101:

“This book will walk you step by step through picking out the perfect team roping horse to preparing for your first competition, and all the training in between. ” —Clinton Anderson, Trainer, Clinician, and Author

“With information covering everything from picking the right horse to roping your first steer, this book will help you on your way to becoming a great team roper.” —Horse & Rider

“The title should have been Team Roping 1001, because it is so full of great information. . . . It’s all here, and it’s a keeper.” —Working Ranch

TEAM ROPING 101 should be the essential tool for team ropers and horse enthusiasts of every age alike!” —Chris Cox, Trainer, Clinician, and Team Roper

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TSB author Dorie McCullough Lawson and her delightful children’s book TEX were featured at Bradford Brinton’s 132nd Birthday Celebration at the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, on June 26, 2012. Dorie’s son Luke, the inspiration behind the TEX character, took part in the festivities.

“It was wonderful to visit with Dorie and Tim [Dorie’s husband T Allen Lawson, the renowned landscape painter], and see how much Luke ‘Tex’ had grown!” said Barbara Schuster, Associate Curator of the museum.

The Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum allows you to experience the lifestyle of a 1920s and 30s gentleman’s working ranch. Guided tours of the Main Ranch House are available, and the property features regular art exhibitions and an exclusive Native American Collection.

The Ranch House on the Quarter Circle A Ranch, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1892 by William Moncreiffe, renovated and enlarged by Bradford Brinton in 1927-28, and opened to the public as a memorial to Western art and history through Helen Brinton’s will in 1961. The Brintons’ collection, on display in its original setting, includes splendid artwork by Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Edward Borein, Frank Tenney Johnson, Hans Kleiber & Bill Gollings and many others.

Copies of TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson are available at the museum gift shop, and signed copies are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly said about TEX:

Certain childhood dreams are elemental—growing up to be a firefighter, a ballerina, or a cowboy—and adult author Lawson, in her first children’s book, taps into that third option with a photographic ode to a boy’s imagined life on the ranch. Lawson begins by introducing readers to Luke (her son), who first appears in grayscale photos. “He lives in a house near the ocean…. But Luke imagines he is… Tex.” Color photographs, on the right side of each spread, portray Tex as one serious cowpoke, wearing a jean shirt, boots, and a black brimmed hat against an expansive landscape of mountains and “wide open spaces.” Spare prose plays into the taciturn image of a cowboy on the job (“All day long Tex works hard. He rides. He irrigates. He checks fence”), and even with her son in the starring role, Lawson avoids both cutesiness and the feel of a vanity project, focusing on the simple pleasures of hard work and a job well done. The seriousness with which the book takes Tex’s role on the ranch validates children’s dreams and ambitions. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Trafalgar Square Books! In honor of the relationships with horses we all cherish, here are a few shots of TSB authors with the horses they love, and the horses who love them.

Enjoy today. Eat candy. Then ride it off…

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Last year I drafted a similar retrospective of the year’s accomplishments in print, and I remember at that time feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of titles Trafalgar Square Books had managed to release in 2010. This year I’m similarly impressed (albeit admittedly biased, seeing as I’m heavily involved in the production of our list!), and perhaps even a little prouder, as I do honestly believe 2011 saw some of our best content, by our best authors, come to life in very exciting ways.

In case you missed them, here is a look back at TSB’s year in books and DVDs—there’s a little something here for everyone! All our books and DVDs are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE!

February 2011

CONNECT WITH YOUR HORSE FROM THE GROUND UP by Peggy Cummings with Bobbie Jo Liebermann

Peggy really does have a very different way of handling and working the horse from the ground that can have a significant impact on his way of going under saddle. The before-and-after case studies featured in the book are astounding proof of just how much good her work can do.

March 2011

HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD by Denny Emerson

I don’t know that I can find sufficient words to describe the value of this fantastic book. Denny’s brilliant, no-nonsense advice is what we all wish we had when we were just starting our competitive riding careers. For some, his book will jumpstart a faltering riding habit. For others, his writing will inspire true dedication to the sport they love. Whoever you are, whatever your state of equestrian latency or possibility, this book is the Magic Mirror sure to tell you whether you really are giving it all you’ve got. And, Denny’s truths are easily applied to more than just riding and horsemanship.

April 2011

JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101 by Jane Savoie

A special new edition of Jane’s phenomenal CROSS-TRAIN YOUR HORSE and MORE CROSS-TRAINING, which are no longer in print. The only book you need on dressage basics and flatwork, whatever your equestrian discipline.

May 2011

WHERE DOES MY HORSE HURT? by Dr. Renee Tucker

Spiral-bound, fabulously illustrated, Dr. Tucker’s guide to 27 body checkups YOU can do to determine if your horse hurts, where he hurts, and whether you need to call the veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, or saddle-fitting expert is one of the most useful books I’ve seen in my years at TSB. You can do your horse a lot of good with this book.

June 2011

MY HORSE, MY FRIEND by Bibi Degn

A terrific kids’ starter book, offering a guide to cultivating a gentle awareness when handling and riding horses through world-renowned bahaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones’ TTouch and TTEAM methods. Absolutely fantasic photos in this book.

TEAM ROPING 101 by Kayla Starnes

Endorsed by the USTRC and featuring tips from champion ropers Speed Williams, Rickey Green, and horse trainer Clinton Anderson, this book has all you need to get started in this fast-growing, family friendly sport.

July 2011

THE SMART WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MIDLIFE HORSES by Melinda Folse

People always say they can come back to horses, and when women hit 40, or around there, give or take, it seems they are finally finding the time to invest their money wisely…in a horse of their own. Melinda’s bestselling book provides all the returnee or first-timer needs to find her way to the barn at last, with lots of laughs along the way. Melinda’s book is a huge e-book seller (available in both Kindle and ePub formats via Amazon.com and ebooks.com).

September 2011

RIDER & HORSE BACK TO BACK by Susanne von Dietze

Susanne made a name for herself with her terrific bestselling book and DVD BALANCE IN MOVEMENT. Now she’s back in a big way, with this new book, the DVD by the same name, as well as BALANCE IN MOVEMENT 2 on DVD. Susanne presented at the USDF Symposium in San Diego at the end of 2011.

RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN by Eckart Meyners

This book is about REAL rider fitness—this isn’t some generic workout packaged to look equestrian-specific. The exercises are deceptively easy, and hugely rewarding when it comes to improving your ability to ride well and communicate with your horse in an accurate and efficient manner he can understand.

October 2011

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson

A personal favorite, this completely adorable kids’ picture book brings the mystique of the cowboy and the hard-work-equals-good-work mentality to life for the under-five set. Authentic photos make it a crowd-pleaser, and the main character falling asleep at the end make it a parent-pleaser. You can’t go wrong with this one.

ANNE KURSINSKI’S RIDING & JUMPING CLINIC by Anne Kursinski with Miranda Lorraine

We’ve brought this great classic back in print, this time in paperback. Anne’s exercises on the flat and over fences, introductory and advanced, are beautifully spelled out. This book promises to be used well, and used often.

November 2011

MEDITATION FOR TWO by Dominique Barbier with Keron Psillas

A lovely book—gorgeous photos and deep thoughts for the thinking rider. Certain to appeal to the dressage rider, the classicist, or the city-dwelling horse lover with a nice coffee table and a little time for reading on quiet evenings…

RIDING FREE by Andrea and Markus Eschbach

As proponents for riding horses with minimal tack, Andrea and Markus do a marvelous job explaining how to prepare your horse with proper training so you can ride him safely without a bit, without a bridle, without a saddle, or even without all three! Inspiring reading with practical applications for those who dream of being with their horse in as natural a way as possible.

BEYOND HORSE MASSAGE by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold

Jim’s groundbreaking Masterson Method, now explained in this spiral-bound book and the DVD by the same name, has people talking. The pictures of the horses he’s worked say it all–they are obviously more comfortable after he has worked on them. Now, he tells you how YOU can give your horse the same level of comfort and release he can.

December 2011

THE HORSE AGILITY HANDBOOK by Vanessa Bee

This introduction to this exciting new horse sport is by the founder of the International Horse Agility Club. You may have seen the recent excerpt in EQUUS Magazine—we are all really looking forward to seeing Horse Agility take off as a super-fun alternative to riding competitions!

THE ULTIMATE ENGLISH/SPANISH DICTIONARY FOR HORSEMEN by Maria Belknap

A terrifically useful resource with over 10,000 common words and phrases.

Here’s to a great year ahead, with dreams chased and dreams fulfilled, in horses and in life.

–Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor

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Dorie McCullough Lawson, wife of painter T. Allen Lawson and daughter of historian David McCullough, will be sharing the story behind her new children’s book TEX and signing books tomorrow, November 17, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at NEST in Dedham, Massachusetts.

TEX is a wonderful, colorful book that inspires children's imagination and teaches them the value of hard work (and sleep!)

Come hear the story behind TEX and get all your favorite kiddos the perfect holiday gift—a wonderful, colorful book with a message that instills work ethic, photographs that inspire the imagination, and a main character who goes to sleep at the end (VERY important!)

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This past weekend the Library of Congress celebrated the “joys of reading aloud” on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The 2011 National Book Festival featured over 100 of today’s most influential authors, including Toni Morrison, Russell Banks, Sherman Alexie, Garrison Keillor, and two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David McCullough, among many others. TSB author Dorie McCullough Lawson was featured in the Children’s Pavilion, where she spoke and signed copies of her wonderful new children’s book, TEX.

Although just out, TEX has already won the hearts of reviewers with its vivid color-block design and authentic photographs of the American West. You can order a copy of TEX for your favorite little cowboy or cowgirl at the TSB bookstore (its available NOW!), where shipping in the US is always FREE.

While at the National Book Festival, Dorie sat down with the LOC and shared a little about her writing process, as well as her advice for passing on a love of books and reading to young children:

LOC: What sparked your imagination for your book – TEX?

DL: I have always been captivated by children of a certain age, usually from about 3 to 5, who in their pretend play become totally transported and transformed by the power of their imaginations. They become what they imagine. The little cowboy, Tex, was photographically interesting and a character simply waiting for a book.

LOC: What challenges do you face in your writing process? How do you overcome them?

DL: I have to hear a book in my head before I can write and sometimes I have trouble hearing it. If I’m not hearing it, then time is really the only thing that helps me with that challenge. Ideas (and I have many of them) usually have to stew and settle, get disrupted, and then stew again before I am ready to write.

LOC: What tips or advice can you share with young students who hope to start writing?

DL: Write about something that matters to you. If you are writing about a subject you don’t know much about, learn about it, study it, look at it until you care about it. You can’t write about anything if it doesn’t matter to you, so make it matter.

LOC: Can you suggest a fun writing topic to get them started?

DL: When I was working on my book Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to their Children (Doubleday, 2003) I realized that many of the best letters were written when a parent was very angry or very sad – when emotions were running high. I would suggest writing a letter to someone about a subject that makes you spitting mad!

LOC: What is your list of favorite children or teen books?

DL:

  • Harry the Dirty Dog, Gene Zion
  • Huge Harold, Bill Peet
  • The Amazing Bone, William Steig
  • James Herriot’s Treasury for Children, James Herriot
  • Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George – Speare
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch, Jena Lee Latham
  • The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, Farley Mowat
  • Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter

LOC: How do you decide on themes for your books?

DL: I have written a non-fiction book, a novel and TEX is my first children’s book. Although the three books are of different genres, I would say in each case, the themes have been arrived at by the characters. I don’t choose themes, the characters choose them for me.

LOC: How important is research in the development of your books? Can you explain that process as well?

DL: Research is always very important! Authenticity is essential. Authenticity requires knowledge and knowledge is arrived at by research. I consider research to come in all shapes and sizes – everything from digging in archives to simply soaking it up. In the case of TEX, research came in the form of spending years in the West – in towns, on ranches, with animals and with cowboys. The photographs had to be authentic and the language had to fit with the subject and the character.

LOC: What is your advice to parents for passing the joys of reading on to their children?

DL: Talk about what you, yourself are reading. Be sure your children see you reading for pleasure and by that I mean reading books – not newspapers or magazine, not online, not on an e-reader – BOOKS!

Don’t give up reading aloud when your children are proficient readers themselves! We are always reading a family book. Every night for about a half an hour our whole family sits together in the living room to listen while my husband or I read aloud a chapter or two to the family. Sometimes the older kids protest and sometimes the younger kids don’t understand everything that is happening in the book, but they all hear it. With a family book always in the mix, no matter what is going on we all have something in common and that something is a book.

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