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Horse Trials and Tribulations
on 2 February 2012
Living in a high-rise in Hackney, with a convicted thief for a father, Casey Blue knows she's lucky to live so close to Hope Lane Riding School, but it isn't known as Hopeless for nothing. Horse mad Casey has big dreams - to win Badminton Horse Trials - but without enough money to even pay for riding lessons, she knows there's no place for her in such an expensive sport.
Until she rescues a half-starved, half-crazed horse from the brink of death. Bought with a chance found US dollar bill and saved with love, almost everyone is ready to write Storm off. And even if he does survive, without money, she still can't compete. Except Casey has a dream and Storm Warning is far from average. Surely if they both work hard - and get a little help from their friends - there's no knowing what they can achieve.
Horse lovers everywhere will adore this. Casey is a gutsy girl, hard working and determined, and filled with love for her misfit horse. Storm too had a lot of charm. He may have been mistreated, but he's still smart and capable of defying the odds. Reading about their journey was great - and brought back plenty of memories of my own horse mad summers and misfit horse.
There are plenty of other characters to like and loathe too, from the Hopeless crew to Mrs Smith, Casey's dad and Peter the farrier's son, not to mention the young eventing superstar Anna Sparks, her too rich father and Raoul the sinister groom.
Full of grit, determination, triumphs, defeats, love, loss and betrayal this was a great involving read. A love of horses will definitely help with the terminology, but it's also a book about dreams and working to achieve them. I just wish we'd learned a little more about Mrs Smith. Sure, it may no be the most original plot, nor the least predictable, but it's still a great delightful read. I'd love to read more about all of them.