RAJA, Story of a Racehorse had a great year thanks to Thoroughbred lovers like you!
December 17, 2012 | News
I Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been a cheerleader for RAJA, Story of a Racehorse. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 2011 -2012 and the grand adventure of producing and marketing RAJA, Story of a Racehorse has been amazing thanks to all of you. Highlights of the year include:
1. Named by Kirkus Reviews as a Best of 2012 Indie book (one of only 12 children’s books!)
2. 25+ positive reviews (mainly horse publications/blogs)
3. Three awards:
Mom’s Choice Gold medal
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Young Reader Fiction (8-12)
The IPPY Bronze for Juvenile Fiction
4. Starred Kirkus review and author interview on Kirkus website.
5. Forty book signings (in 2012), including Black Eyed Susan day at Pimlico, the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, the National Racing Museum and Racetrack in Saratoga, the Hampton Classic horse show, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Horse World Expo, the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia, the Fair Hill Horse Trials, the Cheshire Point to Point and the Maryland Grand National.
6. Talks at several schools, pony clubs and libraries, including bringing a pony (Prism, a character in the book) INSIDE the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, VT.
7. A number of kids telling me that RAJA, Story of a Racehorse is their FAVORITE book! Probably the BEST of all of these!
8. Raised funds through book signings/web sales/donations for: the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, CANTER, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, the Retired Racehorse Training Project, Green Mountain Horse Assoication, the American Steeplechase Injured Jockey fund, ASPCA’s Retiring Racers’ Initiative, the North American Point to Point Association, USEA Area 1 Young Rider’s Program and others.
Again, thank you for being a part of RAJA’s family and for all of the support you have given to his story and the stories of all of those wonderful ex-racehorses that deserve to go on and do great things (and be loved!) in a second or third career.
Best regards and happy holidays!