Living in Victoria, Australia, Christine Meunier has published her first book, Horse Country. Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, Christine teaches horse breeding at a TAFE in Victoria, Australia.
Drawing from her own experiences, she has put together a fictional but factual novel regarding work in the thoroughbred breeding industry and a metropolitan horse riding school. It was at 13 years of age that Christine was introduced to first having a horse, but from a much younger age, that she started to learn about them through fiction and non fiction books. She continues to learn about them from books, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt from books alone.
Having studied horses from the age of 16, Christine is currently undertaking the Bachelor of Equine Science in Australia. Previously she attained her Certificate II in Horse Studies, Diploma of Horse Studies (Breeding) and Certificate of Merit from the Irish National Stud. Before teaching others about horse care and breeding she worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland.
This was followed by gaining experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing others with regards to riding the horse. A trip over to South Africa followed, allowing Christine the chance to gain many hours in the saddle and improve her own riding.
It is the education of people regarding horses being a viable career option that has been the catalyst for writing a blog about equine related vocations, education and travel.
And now from the author herself:
My first novel follows the lives of four young women working with horses. The first two – Lise and Wes – are undertaking work with thoroughbred stud horses in North East Victoria, Australia. Horse Country follows the seasons of the thoroughbred breeding world, looking at the day to day working on a stud.
I have also looked into the prospect of working in a riding school, having written about sisters Maddie and Melanie that teach horse riding at the East Riding School, owned by their parents.
Horse Country is set for release on July 1st, 2103 and will be available in hard copy and ebook format.
It is my hope that this novel encourages those who love the equine species, to pursue a career working with them. I hope that they find the novel informative and entertaining and realise that horses are indeed a viable career.
I have written Horse Country to cover the weanling, yearling and breeding seasons of the thoroughbred breeding world and the weekly running of a riding school and what school holiday programs with horses can look like. Horse Country is a large novel of close to 500 pages, clearly depicting what life can look like working with horses each month of the year. I have woven the story around the lives of four different women, enlightening readers to different characters and personalities, as well as the point of view of those already in the industry, and one student working her way into the horse industry.
You can find more about Christine and her writing via…
- Christine’s blog: http://equus-blog.com
- Horse Country the website: http://www.horsecountrybook.com – a place where you can read excerpts, view the latest news of the novel, read reviews and purchase a hard copy or ebook version of Horse Country.
- Horse Country on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorseCountryBook – all blog posts from the website are published here, as well as any news or reviews published on the web.
- Equus Education on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EquusEducation – Christine’s page from her Equus Blog that focuses on different horse careers and courses.
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