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The Ying and Yang of Horse Girl Parenting

Ravenna, MI – As if to give credence to the old adage “opposites attract”, America’s Number One Horse Show Mom, Ange Dickson Finn and equine humorist Bob Goddard have teamed up to offer a unique package for the holiday season. Dickson Finn’s book The In Gate: A Parent’s Guide to Horse Shows and Goddard’s parody of horse care guides for parents, Horse Crazy! are now available together in a special package deal (http://www.theingate.com).

The In Gate is a practical guide for parents of children who show horses. The book covers the basic topics of showing with chapters including “Finding a Trainer”, “What the Judges Look For”, “Styles of Riding” and “Financial Planning”. It also includes a list of resources for parents, a glossary and a checklist for show packing. The In-Gate is a valuable and easy to use reference for anyone interested in showing horses.

“This is a little gem of a book… I strongly advise everyone who knows a youth interested in showing to buy this book.” – Arabian Horse Newspaper

Horse Crazy reads more like a warning label. Taking an unabashed tongue-in-cheek approach to the world of horses and showing, the book includes chapters such as “The Drudgery of Daily Care”, “Riding: Keeping the Horse Between Her and the Ground”, and “Horse Shows: An American Family Surrenders to the Absurd”.

“Goddard’s humor is laugh-out-loud funny.” - Marcia King, Green Grass Syndicated Features.

Ying meets Yang just in time for the holidays.

The package can be ordered on-line at http://www.theingate.com.

Horse Crazy! A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide for Parents of Horse-Addicted Girls

Illustrated by Laurie Mackenzie

Publication date: September 2007

ISBN: 13 978-1-60145-258-0

128 pp 5 ½ x 8

The In Gate: A Parent’s Guide to Horse Shows

Photos Revised Edition 2004

82pp 6 x 9

Package Price: $19.90 at http://www.theingate.com

About the authors

As an equine humorist, Bob Goddard has written over one hundred articles for thirty different national and regional horse publications. He is currently the humor columnist for The Trail Rider Magazine and Phelpssports.com. Bob lives in Ravenna, Michigan with wife Jenny and their naughty, but gradually improving dog, Jessie. Visit Bob at http://www.horsecrazy.net

Ange Dickson Finn is a horse show mom and freelance writer in Houston, Texas. She writes for Horse Illustrated, Equine Journal, and Arabian Horse Today magazines, and has an online column at EquinePost.com. Her family consists of an ever-patient horse show husband, a college student/Western Pleasure rider, a half-Arabian show horse, and a one-eyed dog. You can visit her at http://www.theingate.com


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