Wellington, FL (September 19, 2013) – Families and horse lovers, mark your calendars now for 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, September 21, when Wellington’s Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 10500 West Forest Hill Boulevard goes big over small equines with an appearance by American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) hooved ambassadors and namesakes, ‘Barnes’ and ‘Noble.’
The two ‘Minis’ are brothers as identical as bookends, and will be part of a family-friendly morning festival celebrating The Big Book of Small Equines, co-authored by Florida horsewomen and equine publishing professionals Johnny Robb (JRPR, Inc.) and Jan Westmark (Sidelinesmagazine). Mini horse enthusiasts will also have the chance to purchase The Big Book of Small Equines and have it signed by either Johnny Robb or the ponies, who will ‘sign’ their names with paintbrushes.
Free posters, generously provided by AMHR, will be available along with the chance to meet Barnes and Noble, and talk about Miniature Horses with their equestrian handlers, Klendy and Kayden Mueller.
No strangers to the Wellington booksellers, Barnes and Noble joined the equestrian-themed festivities there in June celebrating the release of NY Times best-selling mystery author (and dressage rider) Tami Hoag’s most recent thriller, The 9th Girl.
The Big Book of Small Equines: A Celebration of Miniature Horses and Shetland Ponies is a lavish look at the world’s most adorable horse breeds. While Miniature Horses and Shetland Ponies are the smallest of all equines, the enthusiasm of their owners and fans is gigantic. And with good reason: Minis and Shetlands are as versatile as they are cuddly, found in backyards and indoors where they make perfect pets, and in show arenas where they are as fiercely competitive as equines ten times their size.
The book begins with a brief history of the breeds, influential horses and breeders, and growth in the breeds’ popularity. Owners and devotees share delightful “member of the family” anecdotes. How small equines excel as show horses looks at riding, driving, and breed classes and ‘heartwarming’ describes their roles as companion and therapy partners, including as guiding eyes for the blind). With 150 color illustrations, The Big Book of Small Equines is as captivating as its Saturday morning Barnes and Nobles guests will be.