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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Review: Dressage Cowboy

Dressage Cowboy
by Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier

Jessica is as resistant as her horse, but it isn’t the leg-yield she’s resisting. Who knew a would-be Gene Autry on a bay stallion would be jogging around her warm-up arena?

This cowboy is something of a stallion himself, and there is something about those fine masculine lines that are bound to attract a woman's attention. On the other hand, she'd better make the most of the few minutes she has to prepare for her dressage exhibit.

Is there a place for love anywhere near a horse show ring? Dressage Cowboy will drop you right at the in-gate for a glimpse of the action.

Jessica, an excellent equestrian, is having trouble with her horse on the day of an exhibition! She had been riding Olga, her horse with no trouble at all, until her friend Annie mentioned the “hunk” who was riding and exercising his own horse. When Jessica and Annie meet with said hunk, Frank Romero, Jessica is attracted to him. However, she refuses to succumb to his charms. But what are her negative and opposing feelings doing to her horse? As she gets more tense and resistant, so does Olga. Will she be able to ride her horse gracefully in the exhibition? Will she take Romero’s advice?

This sweet, short story was a very quick, but good read. The characters, even the horse, have a personality that can be felt through the story. I did not know very much regarding horse exhibitions, but after reading this story I become more interested. Dressage Cowboy shows that every emotion that we hold inside has a direct impact on the things we do on the outside. I would have liked the story to be a little bit longer, with more background. But this is an excellent story for a fun, quick read!

Review by Jasmine