Ashleigh's Dream (Thoroughbred Series #5)

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Can Samantha ride Fleet Goddess to victory?

When Ashleigh's horse, Wonder, gives birth to a beautiful foal, Ashleigh is thrilled. She's raising Wonder's colt, racing as an apprentice jockey, and she's even looking out for young Samantha McLean. Samantha moved to Townsend Acres with her father after her mother died in a riding accident. When Ashleigh buys a filly named Fleet Goddess, Samantha helps train the horse.

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Overview

Can Samantha ride Fleet Goddess to victory?

When Ashleigh's horse, Wonder, gives birth to a beautiful foal, Ashleigh is thrilled. She's raising Wonder's colt, racing as an apprentice jockey, and she's even looking out for young Samantha McLean. Samantha moved to Townsend Acres with her father after her mother died in a riding accident. When Ashleigh buys a filly named Fleet Goddess, Samantha helps train the horse.

Samantha loves horses, but since her mother's death, her father has forbidden her to ride. Then Ashleigh is injured, and Fleet Goddess can't train. Samantha is desperate to take over. Is there any way she can convince her father to let her risk riding again?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061067372
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Series: Thoroughbred Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)

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Chapter One

White fence rails flashed by as Ashleigh Griffen steered up the drive of Townsend Acres. All day long at school, she couldn't stop thinking about her mare, Wonder. The chestnut champion Thoroughbred was due to have her first foal at any time.

Ashleigh braked to a stop in front of her parents' house, slid out of the car, and headed directly across the graveled drive to the foaling barn. The rolling pastures of the huge Kentucky breeding and training farm stretched out around her. The grass was a brilliant fresh green, the trees were bursting forth with new leaves, and the air had the soft, sweet scent of April.

Ashleigh hurried around the corner inside the foaling barn and nearly collided with her mother. "I heard your car," Mrs. Griffen said excitedly, pushing a strand of her shoulder-length blond hair from her eyes. "Wonder's having her foal!"

"She is? Oh, my gosh! How is she?"

"Don't worry; your father and. I have been with her the whole time. So far, so good."

Ashleigh rushed ahead into the dimmer light of the barn and ran down the wide, immaculately clean aisle. Her heart was pounding with excitement and fear. Wonder had nearly died at her own birth, and Ashleigh was so afraid the same thing would happen to her foal.

Ashleigh saw her father, the barn manager, Bill Parks, and several of the stable hands standing outside Wonder's stall. They turned when they saw her approaching. Her father motioned to her.

"It"s going well," he said softly.

Ashleigh looked in over the stall door and saw Wonder stretched out on the thick bedding of the roomy box stall. The mare lifted her head when she saw Ashleigh andwhickered softly.

"Yes, girl, I'm here!" Ashleigh whispered. "I'm so glad you waited till I got home from school to have your foal." Ashleigh turned to her father. "Can I go in?"

"I don't see why not if you're careful. She might be a little nervous and confused, especially since this is her first birth, but she trusts you."

Ashleigh quietly let herself into the stall and knelt by Wonder's head. Gently she stroked the mare's silky neck and velvet nose. "That's my girl. You're doing great," Ashleigh soothed. "Pretty soon you're going to be a mother."' Wonder whuffed softly into Ashleigh's hand. Then Ashleigh felt the mare's muscles stiffen as a contraction gripped her swollen belly. Ashleigh swallowed hard and looked up at her father nervously.

"She's doing fine," he reassured her.

But Ashleigh's stomach tightened as Wonder gave a low, distressed grunt. Ashleigh continued rubbing one hand gently down Wonder's neck as Wonder's soft breaths quickened. "I wish I could help you, girl," Ashleigh murmured.

When the contractions started coming more rapidly, Mr. Griffen slowly entered the stall and stood at the far side, ready if Wonder needed assistance. "It won't be much longer," he said quietly.

Suddenly Wonder lifted her head from the bedding and craned it around, grunting loudly in pain. Ashleigh could hardly keep from groaning herself as she watched her beloved horse suffer. "Oh, girl," she whispered. "I know it's scary, but you're going to be all right, and I'm here." Ashleigh's father looked over at her and spoke with subdued excitement. "The forelegs are showing. Another few contractions, and the worst will be over."

Ashleigh chewed on her lip and cradled Wonder's head as the mare struggled through several more contractions. Ashleigh had witnessed the births of many other foals, but this was Wonder, the horse she'd raised. Ashleigh felt Wonder's pain as if it were her own. Please let everything be all right, she prayed silently. Wonder's muscles tensed under Ashleigh's hand, and the beautiful mare strained once again. In the next moment Ashleigh saw the extended forelegs and head of the emerging foal, still covered by the white membrane of the birth sack.

Ashleigh gasped. "Your foal, girl! It's almost over now." She felt her throat closing with emotion. Wonder's copper coat had darkened with sweat, and she strained once more. Then Ashleigh gasped again in awe as the newborn's shoulders slipped free and the white membrane broke, showing a portion of a tiny, wet copper head and two delicate forelegs.

"Oh, Wonder!" Ashleigh cried. "I think your baby's going to look like you!"

Wonder seemed to sense that her ordeal was almost over. She whickered and craned her neck around as a final contraction brought her foal fully into the world. The small, sodden bundle lay curled in the straw. Within moments it was thrusting its head up as it drew the first breaths of air into its lungs. The membrane had pulled away to reveal a miniature duplicate of Wonder!

Ashleigh let out a cry of joy and hugged Wonder's neck, leaning down to kiss the mare's forehead. Wonder was looking back at her newborn, too, and suddenly gave a soft whinny of delight. The little foal's ears pricked, then it began struggling to free itself from the rest of the membrane and curl its long, delicate legs beneath it.

"It's a colt," Mr. Griffen said.

Ashleigh had trouble seeing through the mist of happy tears in, her eyes. Wonder has a son! she thought in amazement. As long as the foal was born healthy, she hadn't cared if it turned out to be a colt or a filly. She heard the excited murmurs of those standing outside the stall. "A beauty," Bill Parks said. "Fine little fella."

Ashleigh knew not to touch the foal until Wonder had nuzzled and licked the newborn clean. Soon the mare drew her legs beneath her and reached around to proudly touch her nose to her son's. She made soft, crooning noises as she began licking the foal dry. It was such an intimate and important moment for mare and foal that Ashleigh rose and stepped back to give them their privacy...Thoroughbred #05: Ashleigh's Dream. Copyright © by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    SAD

    I do not like Samantha, but I am really sad Ashliegh will not be in any more books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Magnificent

    I love this book!!! I was so happy to hear that wonder had her foal. That was a good name Ashlie picked for it. Samantha was so happy when she was riding and that made up for not riding. I love The new horse Ashlie got! I think that was kindof incorciterate not for Ian to let Samantha ride. But I can see his point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    Good Book

    I liked the book. It was scary at the end where Ashliegh falls off while racing. You should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    GREAT BOOK!!!!

    i LOVED THIS BOOK! It WAS GREAT. Ashleigh did a good a great job training Fleet Godess. Samantha was cool too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Yeeeeehaaaw!

    This book is so good, i love it! Ashleigh is finally able to be a jockey, which is her dream job, (hence the name ASHLEIGH'S DREAM (haha)) Anyway, Wonder's Pride sounds so cute!!!! And Samantha is nice and so is Fleet Goddess, but NONE, & I mean NONE of them can even come close to comaparing 2 ashleigh and wonder. They are the best! I can't stress how great they are, because they just are....it's unbelieavable. I was the tiny bit sad that this book is the last one Ashleigh narrates in, but u find that out in #6, so enjoy this one! GO WONDER!! GO ASHELIGH!!! GO WONDER AND ASHLEIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2002

    Great Book!!!

    I loved this book as much as I liked all the others I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    It's wonderful!

    This is a wonderfull book for young horselovers I have loved horses since I was born. My school library* has just received the Thoroughbred series that we ordered,they are wonderful.really ALL I want for CHRISTMAS is the Thoroughbred Series Books. Thanks Shebby034@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    An Outstanding Book!!!!!!!!!

    This book is one of the best!! I loved it. The way Ashleigh and Samantha train Fleet Goddess and how Samantha gets to work her and persues her father to let her ride. It was ont of the best books in the Thoroughrbred series!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    A Must Read

    This book was excellent. One of the best thoroughbreds yet. If you love horses its good overall and if you don't its still one of the best books on earth because its also got the forming of a friendship,some sorrowful moments,and a little romance.This book made me cry i was so sad ashliegh had to move. I also reccomend the other thoroughbred books(by joanna cambell) The heartland books(by lauren brooke) and the black stallion books(by walter farley)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    OUTSTANDING

    I THINK THAT ALL THOROUGHBRED BOOKS BY JOANNA CAMPBELL ARE GREAT BECASUE SHE MAKES U FEEL LIKE UR A CHARAECTER IN THE BOOK TOO IM LOOKIN FORWARD TO READIN THE WHOLE SERIES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Is Fleet Godess a winner?

    I like Fleet Godess alot but Wonder more. It is very exciting when Ashleigh races her own filly Fleet Godess. I got so into the book that I thought I was the one jockying Fleet Godess for her race it is a great book and I love racing.

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