1st Ever HN Book Giveaway Winners!

We (er, Erin’s toddler) drew four names from a helmet — is yours among them?

There were 57 entrants in the field for the First Ever Horse Nation Book Giveaway, and 44 favorites (books that it is). More on those favorite books in a moment. But first things first! My almost-4-year-old son drew four names from the helmet and the winners are…


Elaine Poulin
Kelli Martin
Ashley Moniz
Tiffany Coroka

Congratulations winners! Please email me ([email protected]) your address and list the books available in order of preference (Branded, The Hawley Book of the Dead, Duel for the Crown). I’ll do the rest!


Didn’t win? Well, as an added bonus, here’s the list of all the books deemed worthy by the Horse Nation Bookworms, just in time to start dropping Valentine’s Day hints.

Most Mentioned Books

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (5 votes)

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (4 votes)

The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts (4 votes)

Horses Never Lie About Love by Jana Harris (2 votes)

Year of the Horse by Eric Hatch (2 votes)

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (2 votes)

Ruffian: Burning from the Start by Jane Schwartz (2 votes)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (2 votes)

Most Mentioned Authors

Walter Farley (Black Stallion—“all the books”; Man O’War)

Marguerite Henry (5 books: Misty of Chincoteague; King of the Wind; Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West; Misty’s Twilight; Black Gold)

Lawrence Scanlan (2 books: The Horse That God Built: Secretariat, His Groom, Their Legacy; Little Horse of Iron: A Quest for the Canadian Horse)

Favorite Series

“Heartland” Series by Lauren Brooke

“Canterwood Crest” Series by Jessica Burkhart

“Phantom Stallion” Series by Terri Farley

“Stepping Stone” Series by Lynn Hall (shout out to The Mystery of Pony Hollow)

A-Circuit Series by Catherine Hapka and Georgina Bloomberg

“Kovak & Quaid Horse Mystery” Series by Toni Leland (shout out to Double Exposure)

“Dressage Chronicles” by Karen McGoldrick

“Jumping for Gold” Series by Barbara Moss (shout out to In & Out: Year One)

Blue Ribbon Series by Chris St. John (with a special nod to Kate’s Challenge)

Favorite Stand-alone:

National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

Jumped by Jilly Cooper

Nitter Pitter by Stephen Cosgrove

Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

Shadow Horse by Alison Hart

The Edge by Dick Francis

Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky

Very Young Rider by Jill Krementz

Horses are Made to be Horses by Franz Maringer

Secretariat by William Nack

In Service to the Horse: Chronicles of a Labor of Love by Susan Nusser

My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

Horse Tales from Heaven: Reflections Along the Trail with God by Rebecca E. Ondov

Sundancer by Shelley Peterson

Fly-By-Night by K.M. Peyton

Ambition by Natalie Keller Reinert

A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds

Wild Horse Running by Sam Savatt

Horse Play: A Novel by Judy Renee Singer

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (we need to talk about this one)

Congrats to all the winners, and Go Reading/Riding!

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