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Children's LiteratureThis unique book is a treasure for young equestrians who have an interest in entering the world of competition. Kimball guides readers through all aspects of horse showing, beginning with different types of horse shows, types of classes, and who's who at the shows. The discussions of horse selection, conditioning and training, and grooming are informative and accompanied by checklists. Details on how to dress for a horse show, plan for it and maintain confidence provide a sense of control, and a number of Show Story pages detail real life experiences of riders. Most chapters conclude with a "homework" page, i.e. questions to ask oneself, checklists and so forth. Wonderful color photos and illustrations support the text, such as a step-by-step approach to loading a trailer or of braiding the horse's tail. Veteran competitors, judges and trainers offer quotable advice in sidebars, all with a positive, encouraging ring. Inserts provide exciting reading, such as "Secrets of Success" on how to best show one's horse. Responsibility for oneself and the horse, as well as safety around horses, is emphasized throughout. Checklists on packing for the show and lists of preparations along with a Show Diary make this interactive book particularly valuable. A resource list of organizations and an index are included. As one who enjoyed Western riding and shows as a child, it is especially nice to see emphasis on the variety of types of shows. A perfect gift for the interested child or adult. 2004, Storey Kids Publishing, Ages 8 up.