Wonder's Yearling (Thoroughbred Series #6)

Wonder's Yearling (Thoroughbred Series #6)

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by Joanna Campbell

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Is this good-bye?

When Samantha McLean hears that her beloved horse, Wonder's Pride, is about to be sold by the owner of the farm where Samantha lives, she thinks her heart will break. But Samantha knows she has to be strong if she's going to save Wonder's Pride from the auction block.

The more Samantha finds out, the more hopeless the situation seems. It's not

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Is this good-bye?

When Samantha McLean hears that her beloved horse, Wonder's Pride, is about to be sold by the owner of the farm where Samantha lives, she thinks her heart will break. But Samantha knows she has to be strong if she's going to save Wonder's Pride from the auction block.

The more Samantha finds out, the more hopeless the situation seems. It's not just Wonder's Pride, but all of the Townsend Acres breeding farm that's in danger of destruction.

Time is growing desperately short when Samantha turns to her friend Ashleigh Griffen, a legend in the Townsend Acres stables. Ashleigh is eager to help, but what can two young girls do to save an entire farm?

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Thoroughbred Series, #6
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Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.48(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Samantha McLean's heart swelled with happiness as she studied the sleek chestnut yearling circling the walking ring at Townsend Acres. The colt's breath misted in the crisp October early morning air, and his powerful muscles rippled under his copper coat. He trotted at the end of a longe line around the perimeter of the ring for the training groom, his neck arched as though he was aware of his four admirers, who were standing at the opening of the walled outdoor ring beside the training stables.

Samantha's lightly freckled face was bright as she watched. The red of her shoulder-length hair nearly matched the color of the graceful colt in the ring. She turned to the colt's half-owner, Ashleigh Griffen. "He"s looking good, isn't he?" she said, her voice full of excitement.

Ashleigh nodded and smiled. "'And he's learning so fast! I really wish I could spend more time over here to watch his progress. I thought it would be easier now that I'm in college, but it"s not. You're doing a great job with him, though, Sammy."

Samantha beamed at the compliment. She loved Wonder's Pride as if he were her own, and she was deliriously happy that Ashleigh had asked her to be the yearling's groom. She knew that Ashleigh still regretted that her family had to move away from Townsend Acres the year before. The Griffens had been the breeding managers at the huge Kentucky breeding and training farm for four years, but then they decided to buy their own small breeding farm on the other side of Lexington. Because there were no training facilities on their new farm, Ashleigh had to drive nearly twenty miles to Townsend Acres to visit her champion mare,Wonder, and oversee the training of her three-year-old filly, Fleet Goddess, whom Samantha also groomed and rode for workouts.

"I like the colt's movement," agreed Samantha's father, the assistant trainer at Townsend Acres. "Of course , I wasn't around to see Wonder in training, but I'd say Pride has his dam's potential."

"'More mature than she was at his age," said Charlie Burke. The old trainer pulled down the brim of his battered felt hat to shade his eyes from the morning sun. It had been with Charlie's help that Ashleigh had transformed Wonder from a sickly foal into a champion. "'Wonder had a rough first year-they didn't think much of her around the farm. It's different with this guy. Clay Townsend's maybe being a little too optimistic, though. This fella's got good energy and a nice straight leg, but no one will know if he's got Wonder's courage until he gets out on the track and into serious training."

"He's got courage," Samantha said firmly. "When he's in the paddock with the other yearlings, he definitely lets them know who's boss. No one pushes him around."

Charlie just scowled, but Samantha knew that didn't mean anything. The old trainer never let his real feelings show.

Samantha turned her attention back to the ring. Wonder's Pride was still striding easily on long, slender legs. Training on a longe fine was important in teaching a young horse to walk, trot, and. canter on command. From there, the yearling would be asked to do the same under tack, and then with a rider in his saddle. After that the horse would be taken out on the oval for more intensive training in preparation for competing on a racetrack.

The rays of sunlight slipping through the trees glinted off Pride's polished copper coat, accentuating the ripple of his muscles. With each bob of his head, his silky mane flew. At a year and a half, he still had some growing to do, but already he stood. close to sixteen hands. Samantha knew he was going to be a big horse.

"He's got all the right stuff, Charlie," Samantha called over to the old trainer, "and the bloodlines!"

"'I've seen some perfectly bred horses that were flops at the track," Charlie answered.

Ashleigh shook her head and laughed. "Charlie, you're just itching for another star, and you know he could be it!"

"We'll see," Charlie said. "So, did you work Fleet Goddess on the Keeneland track yesterday?" he asked Ashleigh.

"I breezed her a half mile and galloped her out another four furlongs. She was raring to go. I'd say she's ready for the race tomorrow."

"Sammy and I are driving over in the morning," Ian McLean said. "You're welcome to ride along with us, Charlie."

"Yup. Sounds good. Saves Ashleigh from coming over here to pick me up."

"And if Goddess wins tomorrow," Samantha said, "it"s on to the Breeders' Cup!"

"First she's got to win," Charlie reminded her.

Samantha didn't need to be reminded that there had been ups and downs for Fleet Goddess during the past year. The filly had started off her three-year-old season by winning two allowance races. Then Ashleigh had decided to point her toward the Triple Tiara, a series of races for fillies held in the late spring and early summer. But during a workout in April, Fleet Goddess had pulled a tendon. The injury had kept her out of training for a month, and she'd returned to the track just in time to win the last race of the Triple Tiara...

Thoroughbred #06: Wonder's Yearling. Copyright � by Joanna Campbell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Wonder's Yearling (Thoroughbred Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant belive the prblems in this story. This book has lots of changes for Ashleigh and Smmantha. Even the horses start getting moved around! I am sure any horse lover or not will LOVE this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like thoroughrbred series there really exciting I'm on the 11th book,and all the books I'v read from Joanna Campbell are wonderfull! The only thing I didn't enjoy is book 9 (Pride's Challenge)because Charlie died It really made my tears come out, But besides that their great! Keep Up The good Work! Thank You Joanna Campbell!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was entirely thrilling! It really makes you keep reading to find out what will happen next. I totally suggest this book and the rest of the thoroughbred series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't really like the thoroughbred series that much, but there OK. I rather be reading Heartland, Chestnut Hill , or Phantom Stallion. That's all about horses and girls you could relate to. The 1st Thorougbred book went really fast. I guess if you like horse racing and Thoroughbreds than this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am still upset that Wonder isnt racing anymore but I am glad Pride is turning out to be a promsing colt. he will make me happy to know Wonders first foal is so full of energy and loves to run. Pride is just so amazing. I know Wonder didnt start good as Pride did but in the end it came out almost the same. Its still strange that Wonder's Pride looks almost like her but I can tell the difference easily. No horse can catch my heart as Wonder did but Pride might cover my loses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, but it upset me that Ashleigh isn't the narrator anymore. She wasn't in this book very often, and neither was Wonder. You might already know this, but those two are the best characters ever, and I'll always miss them, especially Wonder's racing days. I know they couldn't last forever, but I would've liked to see it continue for at least a few more books, and I think others will agree. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Pride at all, but I just like Wonder better. Anyway, this book was good besisdes that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book rocked. Joana Cample make more th books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first book just because I didn't have anything to do and now I am reading book after book. I love this book. It shows the amazing strugle to save the farm and the horses. This is the best series I have ever read. It is just awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best horse book I've read in a long time. The best. I recommend the entire series! i own most of them, I'm missing I think three.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book because if i ever get a horse i want to have a bond like pride and sammy did
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one book that you can't put down,until the end!!!!:o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
About five or six years ago I saw this book on the shelf - and being the horse lover that I am, I bought it. I can't even describe to you how wonderful this book is! Joanna really understands the bonds between horses and people and it's great that she could put those special feelings into words. It has a awsome story-line and after reading this I was hooked! I immeaditly ordered the other books in the series and I fell in love with them as well! Now I am 16 and I still am reading these books! (Granted they are for younger readers)