A Barrel Racer's Dream

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2022
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Author Biography

M. D. Ford is a multiple award-winning author that grew up on a horse farm with other animals. She started riding at the young age of five. She worked at the stables and in a family-owned feed and tack store learning all aspects of the industry. She has participated in many rodeo, gymkhana, and western showmanship competitions. She has won many trophies, ribbons, buckles and equipment. Learning has always been her passion. She loves to read anything she can get a hold of. Writing became a big part of her life in college. She has a background of experience and training in the equine industry. She participated in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). After college she returned to school to be a Veterinary Assistant and an Equine and Canine Massage Therapist and Kinesiologist to learn additional skills to apply to horse and rider and taking better care of horses and other animals. She has been married to her husband for over 30 years, and has six children, and three grandchildren. She resides in Mesa, Arizona, USA.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

M. D. Ford's informational picture book A Barrel Racer's Dream will please all those young girls who love horses. Dee has her very own horse named Hank. He is her best friend, and they ride together often. Dee gets the opportunity to compete in a rodeo, where she and Hank will be riding in a barrel race. Dee walks through all the steps that are necessary to get Hank ready to race. Dee shows how she needs to care for Hank before and after the race. Ford has included information about the value of barrel racing and the pattern for running the cloverleaf race. Will Dee and Hank win their first race?

One of the more common requests that I received as a children's librarian was for stories about horses. A Barrel Racer's Dream has everything in it that my young horse-loving patrons were looking for. M. D. Ford writes from experience, so there is authenticity in the way Dee and Hank interact. Subtle gestures mean a lot as horses and riders work together. Kids will enjoy seeing the majestic creatures and will appreciate the bond between Dee and Hank. Harry Aveira's bright, vivid illustrations add a real western flair to the story. Living in the western United States, I have seen my share of rodeos, and Aveira's pictures capture the feel and excitement of the arena perfectly. Horse lovers and aspiring rodeo riders will enjoy this book. If they don't already have a horse in their life, they will eagerly look forward to the time when they do.