Sixteen-year-old Cicely Ellis ‘knows’ her parents never wanted her and abandoned her for new lives where they don’t have to deal with a kid like her and she should be grateful to the aunt and uncle who put a roof over her head. However, while they didn’t leave her homeless, they don’t understand the passion she has for horses, much less the dream to be a world-famous, international equestrian star. They won’t pay for lessons, much less the training her goals require.
So, Cicely works at Salmon Pond Stable, watering, mucking, cleaning tack, grooming, saddling – performing any horsey chore for the barn owners just to have the chance to ‘catch’ a ride on the horses which makes her a ‘catch rider’ and causes some of the regular students to consider her their personal groom or servant. When the woman who sponsors Cicely to show her Paint mare, Pallas Athena moves the ‘horse of her heart’ to Shamrock Stable, she goes too.
Now, she has new things to learn and they don’t all have to do with horses or riding, but also the secret of the parents who left her behind years ago. Everything comes with a price, and nobody rides for “free” in this world, but will the cost she’s expected to pay be too high?
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Shannon lives and works at her family business, Horse Country Farm, just outside of Granite Falls in Washington State. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she's taught three generations of families. Her life experiences span adventures from dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Masters in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve—all leading to her second career as a published author.