Horse Podcast Ep 200: An Endurance Riding Tale for Young Adults & Young at Heart

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 200 - EQA Book Club

If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Ute is talking with Claire Eckard about her book GallantThe Call of the Trail, a story of a young girl and her horse. The book is modelled loosely on the life of Julie Suhr, a legend among American Endurance Riders with 22 Tevis Cup Buckles and three times Haggin Cup winner. It has been written for young adults, buts its strong endurance riding angle and simple but strong language makes it a joy to read for every horse lover and endurance rider out there.

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Gallant – The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard

Sometimes there is the one horse which is just meant for you, a special bond between human and horse. This is the way with Gracie and Gallant, both growing up together at a farm in the Valley of Heart’s Delight. A bad accidents separates them and Gallant is sold. Gracie who got injured, recovers but mourns the loss of her beloved horse. Both grow up in separate places and find a new happiness in the sport of endurance. They meet again, but can they ever reunite again?

Our Guests today:

Claire Eckard (USA)

Author and horse lover, Claire Eckard was born in Britain but shifted to the USA as a young woman and settled there permanently. She lives in Arizona

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 200 - EQA Book Club
Claire Eckhard with The Almighty Flash

Claire’s Website

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  • Writing books for children & young adults
  • Writing about Endurance
  • Giving a voice to horses
  • Publishing & marketing of books

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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