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Phantom Stallion E-Newsletter January 2015
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You Can Help the Horses!
Please send letters and drawings:
Children 4 Horses
P.O. Box 614
Greenland, NH 03840
Tell America's lawmakers how you feel about the West/s wild horses and Declan Gregg of Childen4Horses will deliver your letters and drawing for you.
Artwork by Mel Leonard
WHEN: February 11 - 12
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
WHY? Bureau of Land Management (BLM) inhumanely rounds up mustangs with helicopters. Many horses die during these round ups.
Their families are always split up. After capture, tens of thousands of horses are at risk of being slaughtered for horsemeat.
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have the power to stop this cruelty so that there will still be wild horses roaming free when you have the
chance to see them for yourselves.
MEET THE PHANTOM STALLION'S SON: RAIN CLOUD
The real Phantom Stallion wasn't alone when he was rounded up. His mare Shy and a dark gray colt came with him.
That dark gray colt was adopted by a girl named Amber and she called him Rain Cloud. The rest of Rain Cloud's family were taken to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in California. You can see them in this video.
When Amber left Nevada, her mother Margaret took care of Rain Cloud. He got good food and water, and a mare took over as his substitute mother.
After a few years, Margaret knew that Rain Cloud needed more adventure in his life. I went to see him and oh! he had the kindest eyes, the proudest stride, and a wild stallion attitude. He reminded me so much of his sire.
Rain Cloud almost left his adoptive home on this day he met Terri Farley, but Margaret couldn't part with him.
Then, in the very last days of 2014, the old mare who'd been Rain Cloud's substitute mother died. Without a lead mare mom, he
turned into a rowdy & rude guy.
He needed training and he was so lucky that Palomino Armstrong happened to be in town on the weekend Margaret decided it would
be best for the grown up colt to go to California with Palomino.
Palomino knew the real Phantom, too, and she can't help calling him Phantom, Jr.
He's in California, now, learning about rules and other animals and trees!
I'll keep you up-to-date as the Phantom's son grows up.
HORSELESS GIRL GROWS UP TO A LIFE WITH EQUINES: How Did She Do It?
Rachael Yoder always wanted a horse, but for a long time the closest she came was reading THE PHANTOM STALLION books.
Rachel drew and painted horses as well as reading about them, and she didn't give up on her dream. In May, she graduates
from college and is already working with therapy horses.
A Savvy Story
By Rachael Yoder
"Mom, can I get a horse?" I asked for one every year or every month, I should say. Mom gave the same lame excuses like,
"We don't have room to keep one" or "They are too expensive". I kept trying to explain that the crawl space beneath the house
would be perfect; we just had to knock out a wall or something. Plus, it wouldn't be that much money for food because the horse
could eat the grass Dad complained about mowing.
This was my life growing up. Like many girls, I wanted a horse but the possibility of ever having one was slim to none. They
said I'd ‘grow out of it'. Not me, no sir! I couldn't have the living, breathing thing so I got closer to them the only way I
knew how; through books. I read anything that involved them from fact to fiction. The librarian, at my middle school, even
allowed me to stay inside to read during recess. One day, I found the Phantom Stallion series which became a problem. Why? Well,
I wouldn't stop reading them. I would hide them behind text books in class. I was mesmerized by the main character Sam and her
adventures out West. While other middle school girls were trying to impress the boys, I was falling in love with a fictional
cowboy named 'Jake' and his natural gift with horses. I loved reading but I still yearned for a horse of my own. It seemed
as if my life with horses in reality would always be a work of fiction.
Now mind you, I didn't sit around and just dream. I got up off my hindquarters and looked for any outlet that would get me
closer to a horse. Eventually, I joined the 4-H club in a group called ‘The Horseless Horse'. Basically, it was a club for kids
who loved horses but didn't have one to show. Guess what, from their I met an amazing gentlemen who free-leased an old black
mare to me. Her name was Midnight and she didn't really like anyone unless food was involved. Every time I tried to tighten
the saddle she'd flatten her ears and snap her teeth like one of satin's demons. I knew next to nothing about riding before
I got to know her so you can imagine the challenge. She taught me how to be tough, how to stick it out.
Midnight stood by me, resentfully for her I reckon, for three years. I went to college the very next day after my last
horse show at the fair. It's alright for young people to not know what they want to do at this point. I didn't have that
problem; I wanted to work in Therapeutic Recreation with equestrian emphasis. Basically, therapeutic riding assists men,
woman, and children who are mentally or physically challenged. The horse brings out something in people, something I cannot
explain. I call it a savvy; a miraculous connection that God puts somewhere in each of us, even the most hardened.
I'm a senior now, getting ready to graduate in a May with a major of Equine Management and Public Recreation. It would take
me days to write about all I've experienced in the equine world since I started college. Asbury University, my school, has
provided me with amazing opportunities. For example, I was able to train a horse for Ken McNabb, an inspiring Christian
Cowboy from out West. I, of course, named my training project "Ace" after my favorite horse from the Phantom Stallion
series. What a flying change from a horseless girl to a horsewoman with hopefully a bit more sense. Currently, I'm working
with a brand new equestrian therapeutical slash educational program in my hometown. We hope to start building the barn next
year and I am praying to successfully become its' first manager.
There are plenty of horse girls and guys out there that know a plethora more than me about the equine industry. I was
taught to use what I know and do what I can for the glory of the Lord. That's exactly what I plan to do. There's a line
in one of Terri Farley's Phantom Stallion books I always remember. It states, "It's never right to do the wrong thing for
the right reason". Here's one way to look at it. Don't give up on your dreams of working with horses because it doesn't
make money or because someone tells you it isn't a 'successful business'. I didn't, and I don't regret a single thing.
Going to college or maybe thinking about going back? Please visit my school Asbury University at www.Asbury.edu.
It is located in the small town of Wilmore right in the beautiful horse country of Kentucky. If you see Harold Rainwater,
tell him I sent you. He's the mayor, the barn manager, my teacher, and my good friend.
Rachel & I have emailed each other about books, art and horses for more than 7 years and she's put up with my long
silences between deadlines. I've even exchanged letters with her mother when Rachael wanted to help a Calico Mountain
mustang by sending some of her own money for rescue. With her mother's permission, she did, so it seemed only right
that I asked her to name the little sorrel mare. She became Sage.
Where is Terri Farley?
Feb 1, 2015 due date: 1,000 words Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation creative writing contest
(more info below, May 3)
MARCH 6-7, 2015 "Write Your Heart Out to be a Better Reader"
Terri presents a 70 writing workshop for reading professionals during
Nevada Reading Week 2015
May 3, 2015
Terri is a keynote speaker and judge for The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation.
The foundation supports middle and high school students in pursuit of their passion for creative writing
in memory of Leyla Beban, who loved to read and write stories, to get lost in the adventure of imagination,
and had hoped to publish 'at least one' book in her life.
She was fortunate to have mentors in middle school who encouraged her to follow her passion and help her
develop, and we wanted to provide support and encouragement in her name to others with similar
talents and dreams.
For more information, visit http://www.blue4beban.org/
Leyla was riding her bike to school when she was struck by a pickup truck. To read more about her
jubilant life, visit http://www.blue4beban.org/about-leyla.html
$1,000 for 1,000 words
Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation creative writing contest
Due date Feb. 1, 2015
World Premiere of WILD AT HEART:
Presentation and booksigning
September 12, 2015
121 California Avenue
Terri Farley & Melissa Farlow
September 19, 2015
Nevada State Museum
708 North Curry Street
Carson City, NV 89703
Family Saturday 10-3
Author Presentation and Writers Workshops
WILD AT HEART booksigning
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