Every horse story is a story of forgiveness. Author Joell Dunlap created a story about the connections racehorse people have with each other and the horses they hope will carry them to glory. This story is told in Dunlap’s first novel A Damn Fine Hand. It is available as an eBook on Gumroad.
“Riding a racehorse is a thrill that changed my life,” Dunlap said. “It’s the stuff of dreams. I wanted to be able to take the reader along for that ride. What started as a short story swelled into an examination how humans project our hopes and dreams onto horses – and how the animals bear that burden with breathtaking grace.”
“…As the turn straightens out, both horse and rider see the hooves of the horse galloping 50 yards in front. Hundreds of years of selective breeding for the winning instinct kicks in. Instantly she knows she must overtake this horse to show her power, her prowess, her superiority. She wants, she NEEDS to win. To her surprise the rein hand moves, the weight of the rider shifts ever so slightly forward to accommodate the added speed that she is so willing to give.
“Rider and beast celebrate the ground closing between them and their target. Each stride is a triumph bringing them closer to glory. Each muscle contraction is more difficult and yet more delicious than the one before.
The horse and rider in front sense the chase and accelerate as well. The race is on.
About the Author
Dunlap is the co-founder and executive director of the Square Peg Foundation, an accredited Thoroughbred After Care Alliance (TAA ) in California. She has been a featured speaker and panelist at Equestricon, and at international educational conferences.
She is a recent recipient of the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Dunlap’s work has been featured in California Riding Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and more. All proceeds for the book sales benefit the 501© 3 charity – Square Peg Foundation that Dunlap and her husband founded in 2004. Square Peg Foundation is fully accredited by the TAA.
For more information, visit http://www.squarepegfoundation.org.
To purchase the book, visit http://www.adamnfinehand.com
About Square Peg
Square Peg Foundation pairs horses in need of another career with people who know
what it’s like to be a Square Peg. Most of our families are affected by autism. http://www.squarepegfoundation.org
About Thoroughbred After Care Alliance
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. http://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org
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