The Rescue of Belle and Sundance: One Town's Incredible Race to Save Two Abandoned Horsesby Birgit Stutz, Lawrence Scanlan
The harrowing yet inspiring story
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.
“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!”
Midwest Book 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.”
Publishers Weekly, 1/23/12
“This uplifting story will even touch readers who aren’t horse fanatics—a lovely read.”
“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 York Journal of Books, 3/6/12
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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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.
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).
Sound amazing. I truly cant wait to read it!!!!!!!!!
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.