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Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author Christine Meunier


Welcome to

The Saturday Showcase

It's super scorchio outside at the moment, so unless I've got some SPF300+  I won't be going outside for fear of bursting into flames! 

This week I have something completely different for you, being an avid rider and total horse nut from the age of 4 myself, I couldn't resist showcasing this!

Horse Country

by 

Christine Meunier 


Publish date: June 2013
Publisher: Christine Meunier via Lulu.com

Book Blurb

Christine Meunier has lived a life breathing, dreaming and working with horses in the thoroughbred industry in Australia and has also travelled overseas to work in the industry.  Horse Country takes her own personal experiences woven into a story about four young women studying and working in the horse industry.

Follow Lise and Wes as they work their way around North East Victoria, Australia in the seasonal world of breeding thoroughbreds.  Horse Country follows the seasons of the thoroughbred industry and what the day to day of working on a stud could look like.

A few hours away, Maddie and Melanie are working hard in their parent’s metropolitan riding school, teaching others about horse riding and care of the horse.  From the nervous first time rider, to the child who wants to run fast and jump high, the young women shape lessons to suit the individual.

Horses offer a great opportunity to study, learn, work and develop an incredible career around the world.  Set in Australia, this novel shows that the land down under is indeed a Horse Country.Horse


Author Bio


Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her.  She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.


She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies and is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Equine Science via distance education.

Christine has worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland for a breeding season.

She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.

Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, she teaches equine studies focused on breeding, at a TAFE, Victoria, Australia.

She also writes a blog about equine education which you can view at http://equus-blog.com/


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Excerpt

Hunter pulled up to the side of the stable, a large grin directed at Kaye as he said hello.  She paused from raking with a smile, stepping closer to his Ute to peer into the cab.
“Hello to you both.  Cute pup.  What’s his name?”
“Please.”
“Seriously?  Ok, what’s his name please.
Hunter grinned, barely holding back a laugh, Dave sitting beside him with a large smile also.
“Oh, I’m going to have so much fun with this.”
“With what?” Kaye asked with a frown.
“The name of my kelpie,” Hunter replied smoothly.
“You mean with not telling people the name of your kelpie?”
“But he did,” Dave replied with a chuckle.
“No he didn’t.”
“Sure I did!  His name is Please!” Hunter clarified, stepping out of the car.
“Excuse me?”
“That probably would have worked just as well,” he chuckled, patting the young canine that moved to his seat, peering down at the ground and then up at the farrier as if asking permission to get out of the car.
“Now I am completely lost.”
“I’ve named the dog Please.  It just sounds so polite.  Hop out of the car, Please.  Drop, Please.  Roll, Please.  See?” Hunter finished with a broad grin, rewarding his pup with a pat for being obedient to his requests.
Kaye rolled her eyes, turning her focus back to raking up stray bits of hay out the front of the stables.
“You’re both insane.”
“Me?  What’d I do?” Dave asked, incredulous.
“You encourage him.  Trevor and Declan are in the stables ready when you want to do some work,” Kaye stated gruffly.
Hunter winked at Dave, stepping past the fiery red head and into the darker stables; the pup following at his heels.  The pair found the two men in one of the stalls, looking at the front foot of a yearling.
“Our first victim?” Dave queried, peering through the bars of the stall wall.
“Reckon so,” Declan muttered as he stood up from being bent over the leg Trevor was holding up.
“He’s got a decent crack and is a little sore.”
“Sure we can fix that up with a trim and some shoes.  Is it alright to bring the Ute in here?  Park it in the middle of the breezeway?”
“That should be fine.  We can start on the colt next door, Dave,” Trevor directed, getting out of the box.
He paused to kneel down and say hello to Hunter’s latest acquisition.
“Cute pup, what’s his name?”
Hunter smiled, finding it hard to ignore Dave’s pained look.
“I’ve named him Please,” he stated, winking at his coworker who looked relieved to not have to repeat the conversation they’d had not two minutes ago with Kaye.
Declan laughed from inside the box, keeping a hold of the horse with the cracked hoof.
“That’s great craic!  I love it!”

“Very clever,” Trevor replied with a smile, heading into the box next door while the pair of farriers headed back to the car to relocate it inside the stables.


Join me tomorrow when Christine is joining me again on

The Sunday Spotlight


Hope to see in the morning!

Bella xx

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