The Morgan Horse Series
The Morgan Horse series
by Ellen Feld
Come ride the Morgan Horses! Join Heather Richardson and her barn full of Morgans as she explores the worlds of show jumping, saddleseat, trail riding, and barrel racing!
Willow Bend Publishing was established in 2001 to promote this fun, best-selling horse series. With over 50,000 copies sold to date, these books continue to grow in popularity. We are particularly proud of the fact that every book has won at least one national award, including twice winning the prestigious 'Children's Choices' award co-sponsored by The International Reading Association and The Children's Book Council. See why 10,000 kids voted these books among their favorites when selecting the winners for the 'Children's Choices' award.
In 2007, we were delighted when Breyer Animal Creations decided to create a model in the likeness of Blackjack, the star of the series. This model is sold with a copy of the award-winning book "Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse."
We currently offer seven very popular horse books, six for readers 9 -13 and the seventh, Shadow, for younger readers. With two more books in the works we continue to grow.
The newest addition to the Morgan Horse series.
Ellen Feld's website home to The Morgan Horse Series
"Mrs. Feld has a true gift in capturing the imagination and engaging the reader. It isn't always easy to find a set of books that will be read willingly by pre-teens! Kudos to Mrs. Feld on her delightful Morgan Horse Series." - Jenefer Igarashi, Senior Editor, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"These books are packed with information about the care and training of horses. The reader will experience the thrill of competition in the ring as Heather and Blackjack participate in shows and the feeling of flight as she and Rusty jump the fences. The stories are well constructed with exciting plots and interesting characters. The strongest characters are the horses that exhibit their personalities as they face life's challenges. Anyone who loves horses will love this series." - Catholic Library Journal
"...this book will be a hit with horse lovers." - Young Rider Magazine
Reviews from students at Guilford Central School in Guildford, VT.
"Feld takes the reader through a whirlwind of emotions as Heather manages to save her beloved horse. Her accurate and detailed descriptions of basic horsemanship and stable management make the Morgan Horse Series books not only fun adventure stories, but educational as well." - Susan Dudasik, Just Horses
"Blackjack is a delightful read for horse lovers of any age!" - Sherry Cole, President, The American Morgan Horse Association.
"A wonderful story about the special bond between a girl and her horse. There is something in this book for everyone who likes horses." - Brian Sosby, Editor, Equestrian Magazine
"Blackjack is a wonderful book for young readers, showing them what a little hard work and perseverance can accomplish. Ms. Feld also manages to provide a primer on horse care and horse shows, weaving this excellent information into the story so it isn’t boring or preachy. It is a delightful read, with just the right mix of action and emotion." - Jennifer Walker, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book
"Younger girls will be inspired...adult girls will remember back to when just being near a horse was all you needed to make your day." Katherine Walcott, Eventing USA.
"It is nice to read a junior novel that focuses on a teenager and a Morgan Horse. Ellen Feld has written a warm and rewarding horse story. This book would make a great present for a young rider and reader." - Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar.
"Blackjack is a fast-reading, enchanting story about a girl and a Morgan Horse. The book will greatly appeal to readers as there is plenty of horse action, starting in the first chapter. Author Ellen Feld has written a lovely story about the special bond between a girl and her horse." – Anthony P. Locorini, Editor, Tri-State Horse
"Blackjack is a delightful book that will pull the heartstrings of any horse lover - it belongs in your Morgan library." - The American Morgan Horse Association.
"I loved reading Blackjack! In addition to this being perfect reading (and a great gift idea) for all young, horse-crazy girls, horse enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the story too! It is definitely suggested reading for all our students to enjoy!"– Chris Cassenti, trainer of World Champion Morgan Horses and riders at Chrislar Morgan Horse Farm
"Ellen Feld’s first book, Blackjack, does a delightful job of capturing the adoration of an intelligent young girl for horses, especially for a brilliant Morgan stallion. In a winning style, with clear, correct information about the horses she knows well, Feld chronicles the story of Heather Richardson as she befriends a Morgan Horse breeder and evolves into a capable show rider, maturing in her skills and her emotions throughout. Tested by the illness of her horse-owning friend and the sale of his horses, Feld draws her lead character through an emotional roller coaster, during which the young heroine must prove level headed in order to achieve her goals. An excellent book for any young horse lover, Blackjack manages to be both engaging and provide insight into the complex world of modern horse breeding and showing."– Nancy Ambrosiano, co-author of Complete Plans for Building Horse Barns Big and Small
About the author:
Award-winning author Ellen Feld began her career in a field far removed from horses. Receiving a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts with a double major of Russian and Soviet and Eastern European Studies, Ms. Feld continued her studies with graduate work at Georgetown University where she focused on Russian Studies. After a brief stint working for a US Senator in Washington, DC, Ms. Feld realized she missed her childhood home and returned to rural Massachusetts.
Back home, Ms. Feld resumed her first passion: horses. It was at the stable that she learned the importance of discipline and being dedicated to one's sport. In addition to the hard work, Ms. Feld also learned to appreciate the various personalities and quirks of individual horses. While working with horses was not new to her (she had been competing at Morgan Horse shows since she was a child), her skills matured and her love of Morgans grew. As an adult, Ms. Feld's repertoire included saddleseat, reining, hunter pleasure, driving, barrel racing, and western pleasure. With her gelding Rusty, Ms. Feld won the New England Morgan Horse Association High-Point Trail Award for five consecutive years. Ms. Feld has owned numerous equines of other breeds including Morabs, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, and Miniature Horses.
Ms. Feld began writing about horses more than twenty years ago. At first, she wrote for small, regional publications, but within a few short years her work began to appear regularly in large, national publications. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Morgan Horse, Stable Management, Equestrian, Young Rider, Just About Horses, Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, Tri-State Horse, and The Appaloosa Journal.
Ms. Feld's stories are noted for their realistic portrayal of horses, their behaviors, and the experiences of young riders. To attain this believability, Ms. Feld uses her horses as the basis for the animal characters within her books. For example, Ms. Feld's horse Blackjack, a showy English pleasure horse, stumbles over the smallest of jumps. In the book Rusty, the main character Heather tries to teach her beloved Blackjack to jump, but like the real Blackjack, he is unable to get his feet over the tiny ground poles. Many of the experiences that Heather has with her horses evolve from adventures that either Ms. Feld or one of her friends has had with their horses. The plots in her books reflect the reality of working with horses, and it is this down to earth quality, combined with fast-moving, fun horse action, that keeps the stories authentic and attracts so many readers.
Ms. Feld lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, ten horses, and assorted pets.