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RAJA, Story of a Racehorse picked as Best of 2012 by Kirkus Review!

December 17, 2012 Weybridge, VT Contact: James Elliott Old Bow Publishing *protected email* Young reader novel RAJA, Story of a Racehorse earns spot on Kirkus Review’s “Best of 2012” list. Kirkus Reviews, a respected voice in book discovery for almost 80 years, announced today that it has named RAJA, Story of a Racehorse (Old Bow Publishing) by Anne Hambleton, to its Best of 2012 Indie list. Called “An outstanding debut novel for young people” by Kirkus, RAJA, Story of a …
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RAJA, Story of a Racehorse had a great year thanks to Thoroughbred lovers like you!

Dear Friends, 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 …
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Busy Summer/Fall RAJA, Story of a Racehorse

Hello RAJAfarians! What a busy summer and fall…and Christmas is right around the corner! Of course, the big news is that RAJA, Story of a Racehorse won a THIRD award! A Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Juvenile Fiction. Check out: So..I’ve been kicking right along doing book signings and talks and trying to raise a little money from the signings to benefit racehorse retirement efforts like the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the Retired Racehorse Training Project and ASPCA’s retiring racers initiative. …
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Racing through summer

  I can’t believe that Saratoga Open House was this weekend! So much has been going on. I think I’m still in a tizzy from the excitement of Union Rags’ spectacular Belmont Stakes win (and the disappointment that we won’t see him racing this summer as he heals from an injury), combined with the fun of Book Expo week in New York where RAJA, Story of a Racehorse won TWO awards – the IPPY Bronze medal for Juvenile Fiction …
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Book awards…like the Derby runners, we’re ready to go!

As the Derby runners are making their final preparations in advance of this Saturday’s run for the roses, books are getting ready to run their races in awards competitions. I’m thrilled to say that this week RAJA, Story of a Racehorse was a solid SHOW (Bronze) in the Independent Publisher IPPY book award category Juvenile Fiction AND has top odds as one of the favorites in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book awards as one of the three finalists for young …
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Maryland Grand National

Last Saturday saw the 110th running of the Maryland Grand National, part of the “Maryland Timber Triple Crown” and a key prep for next Saturday’s Maryland Hunt Cup.  In the “big race” (the Grand National), Billy Meister with And the Eagle Flies triumphed.  Here’s a video  of  an early fence with Billy/And the Eagle Flies in the lead ► 0:15► 0:15

April in horse country

  I know people get dreamy-eyed about April in Paris, but personally, I can’t think of  better places to be in April and May than Maryland, Virginia and Kentucky…Hunt Cup…Rolex…Derby…Virginia Gold Cup…Preakness…the places to be for horse lovers.  And now you can even be there virtually thanks to youtube and live web streaming. Hunt Cup Fever! Wow! Here we are. Two weeks until the Maryland Hunt Cup – those of you that have read RAJA KNOW what a big deal the …
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The big news, of course, is that RAJA, Story of a Racehorse is out! If you haven’t read Raja’s story yet, look for RAJA, Story of a Racehorse at your favorite tack store or Amazon, Kindle and Nook. You can get a signed copy at So . . . I’m Anne Hambleton. I’m a retired amateur steeplechase rider with several retired racehorses that I now event and dabble in dressage and jumpers with. I also write a blog about retired …
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