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When Allie came to Whisperwood and was adopted by Cindy no once expected her long-lost relatives to come and find her. But when they do, Allie must make a choice between the opportunities she has at Tall Oaks with the horses she loves, and living with the only family she has left. Ages 10+
For as long as she can remember, Cindy Blake has longed to ride a Thoroughbred in a world-class race. And now that she's 16, Cindy's dream is finally coming true. She'll ride Wonder's Champion, the Triple Crown winner, in Arabia's Dubai Cup! Cindy's competition is tough. She'll be racing against the best horses and jockeys in the world--including her friend and teacher, Ashleigh Griffen!
Merry Christmas, Wonder." Ashleigh Griffen dropped a kiss on the velvety nose of the retired champion Thoroughbred racer, then wrapped her arms around the mare's neck and gave her a hug. "You two have had a lot of Christmas Eves together," said Mike Reese, Ashleigh's husband. Ashleigh smiled. "You're not kidding. This is our twelfth one. I can hardly believe it." Ashleigh glanced around at all of her beloved horses in the nearby stalls of the mares' barn at Whitebrook Farm, the training and breeding farm that Ashleigh, Mike, and Mike's father, Gene Reese, owned outside of Lexington, Kentucky. When Ashleigh was a little girl, she and her parents had started the tradition of giving all the horses special treats on Christmas Eve.
Ashleigh's very first horse, Stardust, holds a very special place in her heart. She also loves caring for the promising thoroughbred foal, Black Night. But when disaster visits Griffen's Edgardale breeding farm, Ashleigh could lose the two horses she loves most.
White Fence Rails Flashed By As Ashleigh Griffen steered up the drive of Townsend Acres. All day long at school, she couldn't stop thinking about her mare, Wonder. The chestnut champion Thoroughbred was due to have her first foal at any time.Ashleigh braked to a stop in front of her parents' house, slid out of the car, and headed directly across the graveled drive to the foaling barn. The rolling pastures of the huge Kentucky breeding and training farm stretched out around her. The grass was a brilliant fresh green, the trees were bursting forth with new leaves, and the air had the soft, sweet scent of April.
Glory is facing the biggest race of his career, and his jockey, Ashleigh Griffen, won't be riding him because she's going to have a baby. Cindy Blake, whose family owns Glory, hopes that they can find a new jockey fast. Can Cindy help get Glory back on track before her dreams of a championship are lost forever.
Melanie has her hands full. . . Melanie Graham can't help herself--she's fallen in love with the high-spirited black filly, Perfect Image. More than anything, Melanie wants to help train the filly and be the first one to race her. Despite her name, Image is anything but perfect. The filly has been spoiled by her own doting owner since birth, and is impossible to handle. In fact, her trainer wants to give up and turn Image into a broodmare, hoping her foals will have better sense than she does. But Melanie is sure that Image was born to win. Will Melanie fight for the horse she loves?
Fifteen-year-old Leslie D'Andrea can have any horse she wants -- her parents own stables where they train retired Thoroughbreds to become pleasure riders. But the only horse Leslie wants is Battlecry, a racer everyone else has given up on as wild and untrainable.
Will an injury spell the end for Christina's racing career and her friendship with Melanie?After taking a year off to train with her beloved Star for the Breeders' Cup, Christina is back in silks riding a few preliminary races. But all her plans are shattered when she suffers a severe injury in a track accident. When she learns she won't be able to ride for at least three months, Christina reluctantly agrees to let Melanie train Star -- a situation that will begin to tear the cousins apart. Will they be able to mend their differences for Star's sake? And just what will Christina do while her injury heals?Check out the bio and photo of famed racehorse Whirlaway inside!Ages 10-13
While cleaning out the spare bedroom at Whisperwood in preparation for the expected baby, Samantha and Tor come across their wedding album, stored away since their return from Ireland several years before. They settle down to relive the events that led up to their day, and we slip back twelve years in time. When Samantha and Tor decide to marry, Samantha starts planning the most glorious wedding Kentucky has ever see. But as the date nears, disaster follows disaster, forcing the plans aside. A barn fire at Whisperwood, Tor's family's farm; a nasty wreck on the track that puts Ashleigh in the hospital; Samantha is starting to think that she and Tor aren't supposed to get married. Finally it looks like things are going right, but just a few days before the wedding, she and Tor find a horse in need of rescuing, and they spend the money set aside for the wedding and their honeymoon to save the animal. Samantha accepts the fact that there isn't going to be any fabulous ceremony, until Ashleigh steps in and offers Whitebrook for the wedding. In the end, Tor and Samantha have their wedding on horseback at Whitebrook, with all the special touches to make it the most wonderful day of Samantha's life.Ages 13+
Life at Tall Oaks is great for Allie, but she's watching her friends Melanie and Kevin struggle with Jinx, the talented Thoroughbred colt they want to run in the Kentucky Derby. If Allie could just pinpoint the cause of Jinx's misbehavior, maybe they could fix the problem and he'd have a good shot at a Derby win. But tension is running high at the farm, with Melanie and Kevin bickering over Jinx's training, and even worse, Cindy, Allie's foster mom, and Ben, the farm owner, seem to be having troubles of their own. Can Allie help the people and horses she cares so much about, or is Tall Oaks teetering on the brink of disaster?
Christina Reese is thrilled to be at riding camp for three weeks--until she meets Eliza. Eliza is jealous of Christina because Christina's parents own a famous racing barn, and she says some terrible things about Christina.
It takes its devoted fans into the lives, dreams, and behind-the-scenes drama of young riders who find excitement--and sometimes danger--in the stables and on the backstretches of this lively and glamorous world.
Cindy Blake is sure Wonder's Champion will be Whitebrook's fastest colt yet--if he ever gets to the track! Wonder's Champion just won't behave. But when he runs, he's almost perfect. Cindy knows the competition at the Kentucky Bonus Series races is tough. Can Cindy get the rebellious colt to behave before he ruins his greatest chance for victory?
Christina thought she had a close bond with Sterling, but now the mare refuses to do anything she asks, even though a competition is just around the corner. It's almost as if the horse doesn't trust Christina anymore.
What will Cindy do now? When Cindy McLean goes to Belmont to clean out her apartment, she finds her old diary and is taken back to the days when she started racing in New York, after she fled Dubai. . . Find out what happened in Cindy's own words as she struggled to compete against the best male jockeys in the country. She was new to tough Belmont trainers and had trouble getting rides. But Cindy never stopped trying, and in time she was winning big races on a filly no one else thought could run. Now that Cindy can't ride anymore, her life has changed drastically. She'll need to tap some of that old determination as she sets off boldly in a new direction.
Anticipating her adoption into the loving McLean family at Whitebrook Farm, Cindy Blake finds her worst nightmares coming true when her adoption is not approved and her favorite horse, Glory, is put up for sale.
Cindy has trained Storm ever since he was a colt. Now he's a full-fledged racehorse and he's blindingly fast. In his three-year session at Gulfstream Park, Florida, he piles up victory after victory. Cindy is sure that storm is on his way to becoming a champion. When they get back to Whitebrook, though, disaster strikes. Cindy discovers that an incurable disease has spread through the area. Then Storm tests positive, and the vet warns that if they don't put Storm down, he may spread the disease to all the other horses. Cindy is heartbroken at the thought of losing her beloved Storm. But can she risk putting her other horses in danger to save Storm's life?
Cindy McLean and her partner, Ben al-Rihani, can't find a jockey to ride Gratis in the Kentucky Derby. The only person besides Cindy who can handle the difficult horse is a stubborn and inexperienced groom named Wolf.
When Lavinia Townsend accuses her of stealing, Cindy Blake fears she will have to leave Whitebrook Farm for yet another foster home, and when she kidnaps a mistreated horse, she knows her days are numbered.
Parker Townsend and Christina Reese haven't seen much of each other lately. Parker is competing in the Olympic trials in combined training and Christina is racing Thoroughbreds. When Parker meets Lyssa Hynde, things only get worse.
Before THOROUGHBRED, Ashleigh Griffen lived at Edgardale, her family's farm in Kentucky. Nothing could be more perfect than life on the farm with her family, her favorite horses, and her best friend, Mona. Ashleigh loves helping with the horses -- and dreaming of becoming a jockey some day. . . . <P>Is Ashleigh forgetting her dream?<P>Ashleigh Griffen loves riding with her best friend, Mona Gardener, so when Mona starts jumping and competing in horse shows, Ashleigh wants to give it a try. <P>But without the right clothes, a fancy horse, or a nasty attitude, Ashleigh feels out of place. Spurred on by a group of snobby horse-show girls, she rises to the challenge, determined to beat them at their own game. <P>Soon Ashleigh and Stardust are jumping and showing all the time, and winning, too! But no matter how good she gets, Ashleigh still wants to be a jockey. Doesn't she?
Melanie Graham is thrilled. She loves exercise riding, and she's good at it, too! Her aunt Ashleigh says Melanie would make a great Jockey-she's really thriving at Whitebrook. But Melanie's not alone. Her friend Kevin McLean also wants to exercise-ride, and soon Melanie and Kevin are galloping together on the Whitebrook track. Racing for fun turns serious as Melanie becomes more and more competitive, testing their friendship to the limit. Kevin thinks Melanie is pushing herself too hard. Will she slow down before it's too late?Whether jumping a cross-country course, galloping a powerful racehorse, or just riding on the trails, only one thing matters to Christina and her friends: the special bond between horse and rider. If you love horses, then you'll love reading all the books in the Thoroughbred series.
Christina and Melanie are both heading for their first Kentucky Derby as jockeys. Can Ashleigh calm their nerves before the big race? Christina Reese is suffering from pre-Kentucky Derby stress. So is her cousin Melanie Graham. And their horses, Star and Image, are on edge too. Christina's mother and trainer, the renowned jockey, Ashleigh Griffen, remembers what it was like when she and her horse, Wonder, were about to run in the Kentucky Derby themselves. Flash back to the days of old, when Wonder was still alive, as Ashleigh dreams up a plan to calm the young jockeys' and horses' nerves, and prep them for the most exciting race of their lives! Ages 8+
A competitive bug is sweeping through Whitebrook Farm. Image, Star, and Gratis are all contenders for the Triple Crown races, which begins with the Kentucky Derby, a little over a month away. Christina can't stand the pressure. So, when she is given the chance to leave Kentucky for a little while and ride for another farm in California, where Derby fever isn't quite as intense, she packs her bags and takes Star with her. There, Chris focuses on making the most of Star's running style. He's always been a come-from behind-horse, but he sometimes misses his chance to beat the leaders. Christina is going to try to change that in time for the Derby. But it may not be as easy as she thinks. Ages 8+
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