Just In Time for the Kentucky Derby 2014

Churchill DownsAround this time last year I had the pleasure of traveling to Louisville, Kentucky with my husband for a conference. We spent several days doing the “conference thing” but before we left we visited Churchill Downs. It was a cloudy, but warm, Sunday in mid-April and the place was virtually empty. On television during the Derby, Churchill Downs looks just like an any other big-named racetrack. In person, though, it is much, much more. Although there were no horses there at the time due to Derby repairs and preparations, it was still magnificent.

I’ve always been a fan of horses. In fact, my favorite animal is the horse. When I was younger I used to ride horses (or rather, ponies). I rode a particularly spunky pony named Chelsea. She was stubborn and thick-headed. In order to make her move at all I had to carry a riding crop. I didn’t have to use the crop, only show it to her. When she saw that I meant business, she would listen to my commands. Sadly, when I began swimming for my school in the 6th grade, I had to make a choice: swimming or riding. Since my school didn’t have an equestrian program, I chose swimming. I still miss riding, though, and I have never lost my love for all things horses.

As I gazed at the twin spires towering over Churchill Downs that cloudy Sunday, and looked around the empty grounds, I was inspired to write a short story. Upon our return from Louisville, I began to formulate that story in my mind and feverishly type away. I attempted to get the piece completed by the 2013 Kentucky Derby but due to work (yes, I do have a full-time day job) and other distractions, I was unable to accomplish that goal.

Twin Spires

The Twin Spires are a hallmark feature of Churchill Downs. Although it was a cloudy day, I managed to capture a decent photograph of the spires towering above me.

Now, as the 2014 Kentucky Derby fast approaches, I am elated to be able to share The Woman In The Zebra Hat with you. It is absolutely FREE! I’ve included a small blurb about the story along with the FREE download below. If you enjoy the story, feel free to pass it along to others and share a little bit of happy with the world. Read and enjoy!


zebrahatcoverimagesampleSue has always dreamed of being the woman in the zebra hat. From her very first Derby, she fell in love with the sights, sounds, and fashions of women in the grandstand. Year after year, she dreams of her perfect zebra hat, black dress, and lace gloves. Her childhood goal of becoming a racehorse owner comes true when she buys Old Earl, a pace horse with no racing experience. Join Sue and Old Earl as they follow their dreams and find out where they truly belong. The Woman in the Zebra Hat is an inspirational short story about family, dreams, love, and self-discovery. It’s the perfect lunchtime read, short and sweet, and will have you laughing, crying, and feeling uplifted.

 

 


The Woman In The Zebra Hat

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