The Rescue of Belle and Sundance: One Town's Incredible Race to Save Two Abandoned Horses [NOOK Book]

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In December 2008, snowmobilers spot two abandoned horses high in the Canadian Rockies. Starving and frostbitten, the horses have trampled the ten-foot-deep snow into a narrow white prison. Those who reach them bring hay but also a gun, in case the horses are too far gone. A glint of life in the horses’ eyes earns them the hay.

The harrowing yet inspiring story of their near impossible rescue--involving the volunteer efforts of an entire village, first the excavation of a trench...

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The Rescue of Belle and Sundance: One Town's Incredible Race to Save Two Abandoned Horses

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Overview


In December 2008, snowmobilers spot two abandoned horses high in the Canadian Rockies. Starving and frostbitten, the horses have trampled the ten-foot-deep snow into a narrow white prison. Those who reach them bring hay but also a gun, in case the horses are too far gone. A glint of life in the horses’ eyes earns them the hay.

The harrowing yet inspiring story of their near impossible rescue--involving the volunteer efforts of an entire village, first the excavation of a trench six feet deep and over 3280 feet long, and then a nearly 20 mile descent at negative 40 degrees--is sure to be read in one breathless sitting.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two horses are stranded on treacherous mountain terrain in the Canadian Rockies—when winter comes, they are emaciated and frostbitten, “waiting for the inevitable.” Their plight galvanizes the small town of McBride, British Columbia, and the ensuing rescue effort is the focus of this slim, moving book. Stutz, a horse trainer and McBride resident (writing with Scanlan, author of The Horse God Built), was involved in spearheading the effort to return Belle and Sundance (a young mare and older gelding, respectively) to safety. In elegant prose, Stutz recaps the days of the rescue, in which a search party is sent up the mountainside with a handgun and a bale of hay, the former to be used in case the horses are too far gone. We experience the emotional and physically draining days along with Stutz, who also narrates the actions of Belle and Sundance’s original owner, an Edmonton lawyer who abandoned his pack horses after an expedition gone awry—and then tries to claim them after the rescue. This uplifting story will even touch readers who aren’t horse fanatics—a lovely read. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists (Canada). (Mar.)
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Publishers Weekly, 1/23/12
“This uplifting story will even touch readers who aren’t horse fanatics—a lovely read.”

Booklist, 2/15/12
“This inspiring tale of equine rescue will be devoured in one sitting.”
 
Chronicle of the Horse, January 2012
“Stutz and Scanlan’s words will remind you that humanity really has the power to do great good. This is a beautiful story, a horsey Christmas miracle that will leave you with a smile on your face. Thumbs up.”
 

Kirkus Reviews, 3/1/12
“Impressive and inspiring…for animal lovers and those for whom life in the Canadian Rockies is either familiar or of interest…Worth the read.”

Tucson Citizen, 2/27/12
“An inspirational story of compassion and survival.”

Library Journal, 3/8/12
“Recommended for all animal lovers.”
 
New YorkJournal of Books, 3/6/12
“Save this book for a day when you really need a lift. It can be read in one sitting and will restore your faith in humanity…One doesn’t need to love equines to fall in love with Belle and Sundance and to root for them throughout the story…So kick back in a comfortable chair and savor this lovely story. Then share it with your friends and family, so they can be heartened, too.”

EntertainmentRealm.com, 3/3/12
“Compelling.”

InfoDad.com, 3/29/12
“Heartrending and heart-stopping…One of those triumph-against-all-odds tales showing that we humans can rise above our frequently quarrelsome and difficult nature and pull together to help those in need…An excitingly hopeful, danger-filled tale…Animal lovers who enjoy a story filled with tear-jerking moments will get a great deal of restorative emotion, and maybe a good cry, out of The Rescue of Belle & Sundance.”

Bookviews (blog), April 2012
“Animal lovers, particularly of horses, will love The Rescue of Belle & Sundance…A delightful story that is well worth reading.”
 

VegNews, May/June 2012
“[A] quick read that will make you smile again and again.”
 
Rockdale Citizen, 4/30/12
“Authors Birgit Stutz and Lawrence Scanlan put readers on the edge of their saddles as they recount the eight-day effort made by dozens of volunteers on behalf of two starving animals…The Rescue of Belle & Sundance is horsey heaven for any equine enthusiast.”
Our Stack (blog), 5/16/12
“A great true story…If you love animals and are looking to read a feel good story, look no further—this is it!”

MidwestBook Review, May 2012
“A moving saga.”
 
Portland Book Review, 5/21/12
“A good read if you are horse lover, a feel good book.”
 
Metapsychology Online Review, 6/2/12“In addition to an in-depth recounting of the complex and dangerous undertaking [of the rescue], some interesting ethical questions are raised, including, why so many busy people were willing to volunteer their time and efforts toward the dangerous and unpleasant work needed to try and rescue these horses, and how they responded to those who suggested their efforts were misguided.”

Horse & Rider, 10/19/12
“A heartwarming book that you’ll want to share with all your horse friends.”

Reference and Research Book News, December 2012
“Heartwarming.”

Kirkus Reviews
The story of a town in northeast British Columbia that came together to rescue two horses trapped on a mountain's snowy summit. With co-author Scanlan (The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse, 2007), horse trainer and riding instructor Stutz opens with a kind of fairy-tale tone that hints at sublime imagery, suspense and creatively drawn characters. Despite sincere, balanced efforts by the author, the story--while impressive and inspiring--ultimately fails to deliver on these literary counts. Still, there is certainly something here for animal lovers and those for whom life in the Canadian Rockies is either familiar or of interest. In September 2008, a lawyer from Edmonton took his two pack horses, Belle and Sundance, up Mt. Renshaw to deliver supplies to a friend hiking there. When the weather turned foul, he made a wrong turn and led the horses through two treacherous bogs, after which they refused to follow him. Figuring the horses would come down the mountain when they were ready, he abandoned them and headed for the valley, not to find them again for 12 weeks. By mid-December, "the verdant mountain meadows…gradually transformed into…a cold, white prison" for Belle and Sundance. The owner determined them too weak to make it through the deep snow, and decided to "let nature take its course," a decision for which he would later be charged with animal cruelty. Meanwhile, snowmobilers had spread the word around a nearby town that two emaciated horses were trapped at Renshaw summit. After ruling out euthanasia due to the glimmers in Belle and Sundance's eyes, the locals mobilized in a collective act of community spirit to orchestrate a rescue attempt. Over seven days, they dug a "tunnel to freedom" to lead the horses down the mountain to the logging road nearly 20 miles away, and eventually to health on separate ranches in the region. Stutz emerged as the lead horse handler and spokesperson for the effort. A bit narrow, but worth the read if the topic appeals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306821011
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 226,009
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Birgit Stutz is a journalist, horse trainer, and riding instructor. She lives on a ranch in the Canadian Rockies. Lawrence Scanlan, author of The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse, lives in Kingston, Ontario. 
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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Interesting animal story with a happy ending.

    Easy reading about 2 horses and a town who were determinded to save them. Lots of brave people who worked in very bad contitions but would not give up. Very brave and endering horses too! This story is worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    fresh and unique story

    I truly loved this true story about the rescue of two innocent horses neglected in the mountains by their master. I could hardly wait to get to the end of the story to see how the horses fared. The only problem with the book is that it is bogged down with so many details that don't really have any relevence to the outcome of the horses' rescue, and those details seemed to become tedious after a while. Please don't let that keep you from reading the book, though! It is still a great read (and a quick one, too, if you're looking for a shorter book).

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    Posted June 27, 2013

    Cant wait to read

    Sound amazing. I truly cant wait to read it!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Truely amazing

    Those poor horses. Oh my gosh the volunteers were incredible. Thank God for people that don't give up when its almost imposible to go on.

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