Book Review: Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

August 5th, 2015|

Linda Ballou is a travel writer. She has penned a travel collection in addition to articles for and her blog, She has also written
a historical novel, Wainani. The Cowgirl Jumped Over The Moon revolves around the riding
world, both jumping and trail riding in the Sierra Nevada, a world that Ballou has loved and lived

While […]

John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony

April 23rd, 2014|

As a young girl growing up in California, I remember reading John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. However, it was Steinbeck’s movie The Red Pony that will forever be etched in my memory bank.

Born in Salinas, California in 1902, John Steinbeck grew up in Monterey County and spent plenty of time on the Hamilton […]

Young Adult Book Review for Horse Lovers: Objects in Mirror

October 16th, 2013|

When reading the book Objects in Mirror, I was reminded of one of the reasons I ride horses: the bond between horse and rider. I chose riding because I knew no matter what, my horse would be my best friend. When Grace was struggling to fight Anorexia (an eating disorder), she turns to her horses. […]

Flying Change: A Year of Racing, Family and Steeplechasing Book Review

April 24th, 2013|

In Flying Change, the author—a son and nephew of Racing Hall of Fame horsemen and accomplished equestrian in his own right—relates the story of his return to steeplechase competition in his late 40s, a quarter-century removed from his previous horse racing career.

With humor and introspection, Patrick Smithwick recalls the difficult road from middle-age to athletic […]