Sunday, May 9, 2021

Just Jump! by Sarah Fennel


Just Jump!: A first love that is destined to never fade

Friends will be Friends Book 1 Kindle Edition

by Sarah Fennel


Emma Martin knew teenage life wouldn't be easy, but she also hadn’t realised it would be this hard. Daniel Lawson is the stuff of dreams and, against her better judgement, she develops an intense and mind-boggling crush on him.

Two years her senior, thanks to a complicated home life, Daniel has very decisive life plans of his own. Before anything has a chance to romantically develop between them, Daniel moves abroad, leaving a devastated Emma in his wake. For the next fifteen years, despite his ongoing absence, Emma can’t help but compare every guy she meets against the only person she's ever truly desired.

When Daniel eventually returns to England in his early thirties, he is mature, determined, experienced and single-minded. This time, he knows exactly what he wants; to represent Great Britain in the sport of showjumping...and Emma. The question is, how can he persuade her towards his way of thinking, when Emma has pledged to protect her heart and maintain a platonic relationship with the one man capable of turning her entire world upside down?

Immerse yourself in this equine-based romance; a world of horses, laughter, lifelong friendships and unwavering love, largely set within a tranquil rural community of Southern England.

Available in eBook HERE!


About the Author

Sarah Fennel is an English author of romance who enjoys long walks with her mad spaniel, spending time with her even madder family, horse riding and baking.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Jeju Horses: A Rich Equestrian History on “The Hawai’i of Korea” An article by Matthew Caracciolo


Jeju Horses: A Rich Equestrian History on “The Hawai’i of Korea” An article by Matthew Caracciolo

Archived from the April 2021 Issue of Florida Equine Athlete
No duplication without permission

This month I am pleased to share an article by my friend Matthew Caracciolo, a travel writer from Ohio. Several years ago, Matt journeyed to South Korea as an English teacher. His stories of the city and countryside are heartfelt and engaging. I hope you enjoy Matt’s article about Korea’s Jeju Horse…

Over 3,000 islands surround the coast of South Korea, but none loom as large or as popular as Jeju-do.

Far enough south to avoid the Korean Peninsula’s harsh winters, subtropical Jeju-do (“do” is Korean for “island”) differentiates itself from the rest of South Korea with its bizarre volcanic geography, blue-water beaches, elderly Haenyeo women divers, and cuisine—all making it a popular vacation destination for Koreans, Chinese, and others living in East Asia. Often dubbed by local tourism agencies as “The Hawai’i of Korea,” the potato-shaped island sports an additional, lesser-known claim to fame as home to the Jeju Horse.

The stout breed, standing 11 to 12 hands with a long body and oversized head, was nearly bred out of existence as foreign breeds arrived on the island in greater numbers in the 20th century. In 1986, the Korean government established the Jeju Horse as National Monument No. 347, granting it protection from extinction and preserving pure-bred herds. Ironically, Jeju Horses exist by way of foreign influence.

Horses have a long history on the island, with excavated teeth dating back to at least the Bronze Age. Jeju-do’s equestrian destiny changed forever when, in 1276, impressed by the island’s temperate climate, grasslands, and lack of large predators, conqueror Kublai Khan brought 160 of his Mongolian horses to the island. Locals crossbred the stout Mongolian herd with the indigenous horses, leading to the creation of the Jeju breed. For 100 years, Jeju-do supplied as many as 20,000 horses to the Mongol Empire as the invaders used the island as a base for regional conquest. With the horses they could keep, the locals used the breed as draft or farm horses.

After the Mongols left, the Korean government for centuries continued to demand horses from Jeju-do as tribute. The system persisted up until Japanese occupation in the early 20th century, which interrupted the island’s horse culture with improved transportation and evacuations of the interior, leaving some horses without owners. During the bloody Jeju Uprising in the 1940’s, in which the South Korean government violently suppressed the island’s communist insurgency, horses wandering the countryside were slaughtered to remove a potential food supply for rebels hiding in the interior. Mid-century, racing became popular and horsemen brought foreign breeds to the island which further dwindled the Jeju Horse’s gene pool. By the 1980’s, only 1,000 pure-bred Jeju Horses remained.

Today, under government protection and renewed interest as a cultural asset and tourist attraction, numbers have rebounded and the horse’s allure has reclaimed Jeju-do’s place as Korea’s horse center. With dormant volcano Hallasan as a backdrop, horse-riding trails and race tracks populate the rural interior of the island. Jeju-do holds several festivals in October celebrating the Jeju Horse with racing, parades, and yes…the eating of horse meat. Out of a total of only about 30,000 horses in the entire country, nearly half live on the island.

There’s an old Korean saying that roughly translates to “send people to Seoul and horses to Jeju.” In a country that has witnessed tremendous political and economic change in the last century, at least one adage stands true.

Matthew Caracciolo is a travel writer and native to Columbus, Ohio. You can read more about Jeju-do and other Korean travels in his travelogue/memoir The Waygook Book: A Foreigner’s Guide to South Korea, which chronicles his two years spent in the country as a Native English Teacher.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

Milliron Monday: Property Tax 5 3 2021

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

Pete enjoyed being a landowner. He left the dry Colorado terrain for the lush Ohio Valley where he built his own Milliron Clinic, along with Milliron Farm. He enjoyed watching the seasons change. As a land owner, he had dreams of purchasing additional land surrounding his farm. More land for sheep, cows, horseback riding trails... and solitude. 

However, Pete realized that more land meant more property tax. As tax rates increased, he became an active member of the Athens County Taxpayers Association Inc. (ACT), a "non-profit corporation charted in 1979 to study and disseminate information on all forms of taxation, appraisal procedures, levys, collection of all taxes and to promote equitable tax laws and regulations. It is an open organization and solicits input by interested citizens."

Besides raising livestock, the many miles of Milliron Farm horseback trails was of great importance to Pete. His getaway was riding the canopied trails filled with Ohio flora and fauna. He could leave the fast-paced veterinarian world for a quieter scene - one in which he controlled how fast or slow he traveled. On horseback he found time with God - time to contemplate the purchase of another tract of land to increase his territory, which increased his property tax.

Have a great week ahead.

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Anna Elizabeth Judd, Western Novelist

Anna Elizabeth Judd

About the Author

Anna provides it all as if you are in the saddle along for the journey. Her rare books bring the readers joy from nearly every genre they can appreciate. She exuberantly brings the image and sentiments of the west to full life throughout the storyline. Yet, at the core of Judd’s work is a black stallion who engages life into every aspect of the book. Haystack fills children’s mind with wonder as he interacts with Marshal Spur and the Outrider Gang, to the mild minored young steed who brings Adam to new levels of learning in his life. Then he is brilliantly portrayed as a beautiful Appaloosa stallion in the Broncobuster as Cash.

Anna Elizabeth Judd includes a vast trove of Western Novels depicting the “Cowboy Way,” Horse Whispers, Gunslingers, and the Wild West, but very few scratch the surface relative to the vibrant depictions through which Anna takes this storyline in The Hourglass of el Diablo.

In her newest edition, The Handbook of Horsemanship Ann shows her extended knowledge in the art of horse training. As she originally wrote the book for her clients, so after the training with her was complete they would have a guide to take home. It ensured their continued success in the world of horsemanship.

Anna has many other books planned in the future, so stay tuned for the next adventure of Marshal Spur and the Outlaw coming winter 2020. But…… don’t think she has left us longing…. Dive into her new music album for all the young cowboys and girls in the world. Spur Up! Marshal Spur and the Outlaw.


Amazon Author Page

Reverb Nation Music Album





Saturday, May 1, 2021

This Week @ Monday Creek: Derby Day


May greetings! 

The five-o’clock alarm sounded too early this morning. Saturday, May 1st. Another beautiful Saturday morning in the Ohio Valley. 

Today is Derby Day! Who do you think will win? I am cheering for Medina Spirit. Fingers crossed. There are races all day today, but the Derby post time is 6:57 PM EST. 

Yesterday was a work day, reviewing new art for a coloring book to be released soon and checking edits for a new memoir Hard Way to Go: The Horse of a Lifetime. I ghostwrote this book for a local horseman. The 2 ½ years that I worked on this manuscript seemed to fly by. Now ready to launch, the book will release in June along with a companion coloring book. Ohio artist Kelly Lincoln created the illustrations for the coloring book. Stay connected for launch and event days.

Surrounded by wonderful, giving friends, every day is jammed-packed with fun and favorite things. I want to share this amazing tumbler that my best friend gave to me. It was created by KPKustoms, an Ohio boutique that offers beautiful custom items. The quality is superb and I highly recommend their products. Check them out on facebook @ KPKustoms22.

On the world scene, many are suffering from CoVid19 and are on lockdown. Several of my friends abroad continue to be confined to their homes. Personally, I have not received my vaccine, but have an appointment to get vaccinated. I won't lie, I hate shots. 

Besides watching the TV News, I have been watching and their podcasts. Their news is a different perspective and I have learned a lot about world affairs from their podcasts. 

If you are an author/artist/creative and would like a shout-out on my blog, just send your info to 

Stay well, check on your friends, and have a great Saturday!

Sending good wishes your way,


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