Horse Country follows the lives of four young women working in the equine industry.  Two instruct horse riding at their parents metropolitan riding school whilst the other two are pursuing careers in the thoroughbred stud industry.  Horse Country is a book that young adults and adults alike will enjoy reading.

An excerpt from the novel:

Listen to the author read the below Horse Country Excerpt

Lise Hemmingway smiled to herself, studiously reading the available jobs listed on the sheet in front of her.

She silently thanked whichever genius had decided to start a company that focused solely on advertising jobs in the equine industry and lining up capable people to take on these jobs anywhere across the globe.  At nineteen years of age, the slim brunette already boasted a strong love of horses and had proven herself capable of handling and caring for excitable Thoroughbreds many a time.

Just recently, she had finished up a six-month stint at a large stud in the Hunter Valley, working with weanlings and previously foaling down mares. Now in February and barely scraping the surface of what the year had to offer her, she had traveled to South Australia with a friend, helping out with a few yearlings for the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale to earn a bit of extra money before moving on to Victoria.

Having given up on school at the age of sixteen Lise had quickly learnt what hard work was involved in working in the thoroughbred field.  This was now especially true, with the equine industry quickly adopting the idea of employing those who had taken the time to learn the theory and gain the piece of paper.

Eager to improve herself though, she had delighted her past employers by asking lots of questions, often volunteering for tasks others shied away from and consistently turning up early or staying behind late. It was obvious to others that she was aware that working with horses wasn’t at all a nine to five job, but rather, a lifestyle.


Listen to the author read the below Horse Country Excerpt

Glancing out of the school window across the green oval the bored sixteen-year-old sighed, admitting to herself that it would be a lot more exhilarating racing her palomino gelding around the emerald surface than sitting in a stuffy room while their teacher marked the role.

Calling her name he gained her attention, marking her off before addressing the class.

“Morning everyone. Over the next fifteen minutes or so, I want you to have a think about what you’re going to do after year twelve.

“Because you’re in year eleven, I know most of you have already picked subjects that coincide with what you plan on studying in University. But, today I’d like you to have a think about what you want as a job after your studies and list five different possibilities for me. This year you’re going to do two bouts of work experience, so we will try and line these up with your preferences,” a balding fifty something pedagogue informed the general consensus of bored teens before him.

She smiled to herself, mentally correcting the teacher as she stared at the blank piece of paper in front of her. She didn’t want a job – she wanted a career.



Copyright Christine Meunier 2013

Interested in reading other excerpts from the novel?  Take a look at the below links for other blogs that have hosted Horse Country.

  • Hunter the farrier who is a link between Nirvana Park and the East Riding School is introduced to you at JLB Creatives.
  • Lise moves to Nirvana Park and Madison is teaching a horse riding lesson in this excerpt at Feeding My Lovely Addiction.

4 responses

  1. Christine did a 4 week Working Riding Holiday with us at Sunray Farm on the Wild Coast in South Africa, I only wish she could have stayed, but it was not to be. Far greater things awaited her; this book!

    I am so looking forward to getting my copy and reading it.

    Congratulations Christine and well done.

    Fond Regards
    Wild Coast Horseback Adventures

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