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I'm a little late with posting here. Too many other deadlines. Anyway, you might enjoy photos from a walk I took with horse mystery author Sasscer Hill in very horsey Aiken, SC. http://thehorseyset.net/2017/04/celebrating-sasscer-hills-flamingo-road/

Celebrating Sasscer Hill's FLAMINGO ROAD

Celebrating Sasscer Hill's FLAMINGO ROAD

I'm celebrating the debut of writer pal Sasscer Hill's first Fia McKee mystery novel FLAMINGO ROAD, published by St. Martin's Press, with posts here and over on my other blog. Each of my blog posts contain different stories, so you have to go to the other...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

I was a panelist at the New England chapter of Romance Writers of America conference where I talked about blogging. We had a good crowd considering it was first thing in the morning. I also put together our Powerpoint presentation and somehow managed to slip horses in there. Enjoy! http://thehorseyset.net/2017/04/horses-in-my-blogging-isnt-dead-powerpoint/

Horses in My

Horses in My "Blogging Isn't Dead" Powerpoint

For me, this has been a year of firsts. My first publication in fiction for "On Like Donkey Kong" in FISH OUT OF WATER: A GUPPY ANTHOLOGY, published by Wildside Press. The Guppy chapter is an online chapter of Sisters in Crime. My first appearance on a wr...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

I've been busy fitting in my riding lessons around a writers' conference where I wore my T-Rex costume (believe it or not, that sentence is accurate), so I didn't get a chance to post a link to my most recent horse-related blog post, musings about Arrogate after he won the Dubai World Cup. http://thehorseyset.net/2017/03/arrogate-falling-in-love-again-maybe/

Arrogate: Falling In Love Again ... Maybe?

If you haven't seen the race yet, you're in for a treat. Let's see it again. Arrogate, leaving the gate: "Ooops." Then, "I'm good. We got this, Mike. Hang on." Not only did Arrogate come from dead last to leave them all in his wake - some of the best and ...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

We horse lovers who are ho-hum about American football cling to our glimpses of the Budweiser Clydesdales on Super Bowl Sunday. Although this year's Bud commercial with the Clydes is shorter than we like, the commercial is powerful and we like it. Also in this blog post is a short film which I'm still working on, a slideshow I created in Powerpoint of photos I've taken of Clydesdales around the northeast US. Enjoy! http://thehorseyset.net/2017/01/a-clydesdale-valentine/

A Clydesdale Valentine

A Clydesdale Valentine

Look what greeted me when I opened my newest TV Guide. Actually, the text says "featuring Clydesdales." Here lately, the commercials have been mostly "including." That will be the case again this year, according to this article posted by Yahoo. Here's the...

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Rhonda Lane

Upon hearing about the passing of WATERSHIP DOWN author Richard Adams, I decided to revisit one of his lesser known books TRAVELLER. I first read it in 1988. I wanted to see how I'd feel reading it in 2016. http://thehorseyset.net/2017/01/rip-travellers-voice-richard-adams/

RIP, Traveller's voice - Richard Adams

RIP, Traveller's voice - Richard Adams

Richard Adams is best known for his landmark children's novel WATERSHIP DOWN, but to me, he'll always be the voice of Traveller. Adams passed away in the final week of 2016 at the age of 96. He was a World War II veteran and served for a year as the head ...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Across the pond, advertisers salivate at the demo reached by horse sports - if only businesses knew how to reach the audience beyond the telecast of the Kentucky Derby. Am I mistaken, or are horse sports more respected in the UK than they are here in the US? Any thoughts about how we can fix this? I may write a blog post on the topic. http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/how-can-we-build-us-horse-sport-so-fans-and-sponsors-will-come

How Can We Build U.S. Horse Sport So That Fans And Sponsors Will Come?

How Can We Build U.S. Horse Sport So That Fans And Sponsors Will Come?

The organizer of the Rolex Central Park Horse Show and managing partner of one of the largest show operators in the United States explores how to unify and amplify equestrian sports.

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

My blog post about horses and riding in the 2016 re-make of "The Magnificent Seven" developed "scope creep." Also, star Denzel Washington's mad equestrian skills show on the screen, so I looked up the background info about his riding. Enjoy! http://thehorseyset.net/2016/10/the-magnificent-seven-ride-again-in-2016/

The Magnificent Seven ride again in 2016

The Magnificent Seven ride again in 2016

The Magnificent Seven ride again in 2016 with a diverse cast with a wide variety of riding experience, although all of them trained in Louisiana for weeks before filming. Before we get going here ... some of you just watched the movie trailer above and ar...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

The Dressage Freestyle is waiting on my DVR because I spent the past several days driving more than the map positioning would suggest to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a clinic at a racehorse trainer's barn on the backside of the track. (BTW, congratulations, Charlotte and Blueberry, if you're reading!) Granted, what I say is what we American southerners call "preaching to the choir," but no one ever goes into detail about how physically involved our sport really is. http://thehorseyset.net/2016/08/how-equestrians-are-athletic/

How Equestrians Are Athletic

Yeah, we hear it all the time. "The horse does all the work." Or, "The rider's just sitting there." And don't get me started on what I've seen on Twitter. C'mon. You know The Great Ones at anything make what they do look easy, right?

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

The New Yorker magazine had a profile of Charlotte Dujardin and Vallegro: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/08/charlotte-dujardin-dominates-dressage

The Duo That Dominates Dressage

The Duo That Dominates Dressage

The piaffe is probably the most demanding and exquisite movement in the Olympic sport of dressage. A horse in piaffe defies what horses otherwise do. Instead of going anywhere, it jogs on the spot, three-quarters of a ton of moving muscle, feet rising and...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

One reason why I've been blogging less lately is to focus more on writing fiction. I'm stoked to have recently received good news on the fiction front: http://thehorseyset.net/2016/05/great-news/

Great news!

Great news!

Why is there a picture of a donkey on this blog right after Preakness '16? Because I have good news that's donkey-related, regarding - drum roll, please - my fiction debut! My short story "On Like Donkey Kong" was accepted for the upcoming Sisters in Crim...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Thriller novelist, writer pal and equestrian Sasscer Hill talks about her new series, a new novella with a beloved character, and her new life in this interview with novelist Marcia Talley. http://femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog/2016/05/checking-in-with-an-old-friend-sasscer-hill.html

Checking in with an old friend, Sasscer Hill

Checking in with an old friend, Sasscer Hill

Until her move to Aiken, SC, Sasscer Hill lived just south of me on a Maryland horse farm that had been in her family since the eighteenth century. We were in the same writers critique group, so I had the pleasure of reading all of Sasscer's Nikki Latrell...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

One aspect of blogging and owning your own domain, site, etc., is the occasional tech issue. (Cue: silent scream) I just moved all my websites, with help from a tech support friend, to a new web host. Allow me to tell you - it's not as simple as a push of the button. Anyway, to ease the pain, I added a tidbit from a visit to a local equine trade show. Enjoy! :) http://thehorseyset.net/2015/11/were-back-2/

We're back!

We're back!

Yes, we're back. We moved from one web host to another. With any luck, you'll never notice, except, of course, I blabbed. A heartfelt "thank you" to Denise Alicea of Moons Stardust Designs who did a lot of the digital heavy lifting. Anyway, I bet you're w...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

My friend Sasscer Hill tells about her journey from thoroughbred breeder to, well, new author with a major New York publisher (St. Martin's Minotaur.). She has her rights back to the first three Nikki Latrelle jockey stories, so you can check them out on Amazon UK. http://sasscerhill.blogspot.com/2015/09/one-authors-journey-to-new-york.html

SASSCER HILL

SASSCER HILL

Like many of my writer friends, the road I have traveled so far in the quest for a "big" publisher has been long and hard. In 1994, I finished my first book, a novel of romantic suspense. I landed an agent with the manuscript. He sent it out to six major ...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Author KB Inglee and I had some fun with a horse-related episode of a TV show.
http://thehorseyset.net/13696/horsing-around-with-the-transporter/

Horsing around with

Horsing around with "The Transporter"

Author, equestrian, and long-time Horsey Set reader K.B. Inglee and I will be talking about a horse-related episode of the TV series "The Transporter." The show is about high-end, specialty courier Frank Martin who has Special Forces skills and a crack su...