________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 17. . . .January 8, 2010.

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Rodeo. (Horsing Around).

Robin Johnson.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4993-6 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4977-6 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Rodeos-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Show Jumping. (Horsing Around).

Robin Johnson.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4995-0 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4979-0 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Show jumping-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Cross-Country and Endurance. (Horsing Around).

Penny Dowdy.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4996-7 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4980-6 (RLB.).

Subject Headings:
Cross-country (Horsemanship)-Juvenile literature.
Endurance riding (Horsemanship)-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Dressage. (Horsing Around).

Penny Dowdy.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4994-3 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4978-3 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Dressage-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Steeplechase. (Horsing Around).

Martha Martin.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4997-4 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4981-3 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Steeplechasing-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Trail Riding. (Horsing Around).

Martha Martin.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-4998-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-4982-0 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Trail riding-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review Tanya Boudreau.

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Training a horse for endurance takes time. A rider starts with short rides, and slowly increases the length of a workout. In time, the horse and rider may work together for an hour a day. Riders do not take their horses on long-distance rides too often. Instead, the rider takes the horse on a long distance ride every few weeks. The rider checks the time for each ride. As the ride becomes easier for the horse, the rider can increase the speed or distance. A horse must learn to jump all obstacles in a cross-county course. The horse starts by stepping over small things, such as a piece of wood. Gradually, the rider or coach increases the size of the obstacle. (From Cross-Country and Endurance.):



There are six books in the “Horsing Around" series: Cross Country and Endurance, Dressage, Rodeo, Show-Jumping, Steeplechase, and Trail Riding. Teamwork and safety are two common themes that run throughout the books. If a rider and horse work together, they can finish races, score points, and gain notoriety, but if rules are broken or the proper equipment isn’t used, both horse and rider can be injured. After an overview of each equine sport, the author devotes two pages to its early days. Races and sports involving horses have a long and interesting history. Cross-country races started with soldiers and their horses in the 1800s. The main goals of trail riding have changed over the years from those of speed and endurance to good conditioning and horsemanship. And although Paris held the first show-jumping contest in 1866, some of the earliest riders jumping fences were fox hunters.

     Color photographs and other illustrations appear on every page of these books. They show males and females of all ages on their horses as they train, ride, jump, or fall. The labels and decorative fact boxes that appear above or beside the photographs in every chapter provide the reader with additional information about the horse and rider. For example, appearing below a photograph of a Dutch Warmblood horse is a fact box which states: “Dressage riders know Dutch Warmblood horses make great dressage horses. Some breeders raise these horses exclusively as dressage horses.”


     There is flexibility in several of the events in terms of which breed of horse can enter and the age and gender of the riders. Many events, such as trail riding, have a novice category for beginner riders. Some events, such as the dressage competition, show jumping, and the Ride & Tie event in trail riding, can be entered with a partner or team, and others like barrel racing are entered by women. While all breeds of horse can compete in dressage, the thoroughbred is the only breed allowed to race in the Grand National Steeplechase. For those riders who like the challenge of endurance, there is trail riding. Trails can be over one hundred kilometers in length or last up to three days. Riders who like timed events and daring rides can enter events such as bronc riding and bull riding.


     Each book in this series contains a table of contents, an index and a glossary. Bolded words that appear in the text (e.g. gait, horsemanship, lunge line) are defined in the glossary while the index and table of contents provide quick access to the information inside.


     This nonfiction series about horses would be great paired with the fiction series “Horse Mad” by author Kathy Helidoniotis. They both contain details about different horse competitions and races and give readers a sense of what it would be like to train a horse and compete in a variety of events. The rewards are great, but so is the work involved in creating a champion.


     The “Horsing Around” series is a little pricey for books with only 32 pages, and there are no references or bibliographies included, but the books will be popular with young readers who love to read horse books.

Recommended.

Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.

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