Olympic Three-Day Event rider, Asha Hamilton, has lived in relative seclusion in rural Vermont since the U.S Equestrian Team’s debacle at the Atlanta Games. By November, there’s a hard frost on the ground every morning and the trees are barren. Everything that needs to be winterized at Willow Farm has been. There’s deep bedding in the stalls and horses are wearing turnout rugs as protection against the slashing bone-chilling fall rains.
Asha is mentioned in Book 1, Fool Me Once, and introduced to readers as a minor character in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows.
She becomes a main character in Book 3, Signs of Life, as she pursues a complete change of career and finds herself, for the first time ever, able to ride just for pleasure. Now she’s a trailrider in Tennessee, enjoying spectacular scenery, almost not able to believe she can ride year round, with such long spring and fall seasons. Almost not able to believe horses need only simple shelter and generally are not confined in stalls, often preferring just to sleep on the ground and scrambling up with a tail full of leaves.
All of the main characters in the Riverwood series (and a few of the minor characters as well) are horse owners and avid riders. Readers who enjoy reading books about horses will appreciate the genuine detail and description in these “horse stories” as the Riverwood series continues into Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse.