Imagine Asha Hadley’s astonishment when she moves from Vermont to Tennessee and discovers…this!
Asha was mentioned in Book 1, Fool Me Once, introduced in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, and now, in Book 3, Signs of Life, she becomes one of the main characters.
She attended Ethel Walker, a boarding school in Simsbury, Connecticut, drawn there by it’s renowned equestrian team. She was on the equestrian team at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, as well. She was selected for the Three-day Eventing Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Oh, yes, Asha wore breeches and tall boots, gloves and a helmet. When horses traveled, they wore shipping boots in the trailer, with saddles and bridles stowed in the tack compartment. Now, Tennessee, gaited horses and trail riding are a whole new world for her.
Tennessee has its share of typical summertime thunderstorms…and, when the deluge is accompanied by gusts of wind, the rain blows sideways. Right into the open slats on a stock trailer. And, because the summers are hot and winters are mild, many riders use stock trailers; there’s no need for anything elaborate.
In one scene, Asha’s been invited to go on a trail ride with a few new friends and they swing by to pick her up. They open the trailer’s rear door to load her horse and her mouth falls open when she sees three fully tacked-up horses already inside, along with what appears to be part of the pasture!