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Marion N. Seidel’s equestrian journey has traversed two continents and spanned nearly four decades. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, her love of horses drew her to the race track and as a teenager, Marion became an apprentice jockey. For sixteen years she poured all of her love and passion for the majestic animals and racing, also known as “The Sport of Kings” into her work. In 1992, Marion made a move to Florida and continued working in the field as an exercise rider.
It was then that she was presented with a stark contrast of ideology between her home in Germany and of Europe as a whole, and how the Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry was run and operated in the United States. She was confronted with an astounding amount of performance enhancing medication administered to the animals, as well as drug use, and abuse forced upon them by the trainers. Training methods that were taboo in Europe were commonplace in the U.S., and Marion became disenfranchised with the entire structure of the industry. In 1995, she made the decision to step away from the sport and from the animals she loved because she couldn’t reconcile what she saw as abuse.
In 2011, Marion earned her Thoroughbred Trainer's License and it was also the time she felt moved to share her story and lifetime of experience with the equestrian world.
Marion has penned three novels since 2013. JUST ANOTHER RACE HORSE, RACE HORSE TRAINING: COMPARED, and FROM RACE HORSE TO TRAIL HORSE TO PET were all published within a year of one another, and showcase the knowledge and insight Marion has earned over almost forty years of working with the animals she loves.
Marion has become a champion for Thoroughbred Horses and continues to work with, and care for them today. She hopes to raise awareness and garner compassion for the beautiful animals being abused every day, simply for the entertainment of race fans. Marion’s next novel (Title and Release Date-TBA) is in production and promises to once again showcase her passion for, her love of, and her knowledge about Thoroughbreds and the industry in which many of them in the United States are trapped.
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on May 23, 2013 :
This is a wonderful story, told with Sonny's "own" words by the person who is now taking care of him and that has a very special bond with him.
Sonny tells us, the not knowing public, how the life of thousands of race horses looks like.
Those are the horses that are a result of the endless search of the race industry to find the next champion and money maker.
In his naiiv and innocent ways Sonny experiences circumstances that he does not understand and he tells us how he has to adjust to those.
It is at times an upsetting read, and it should be!
Sonny was not a winner on the race tracks.
But unlike the majority of race horses, he ultimately became one of the biggest winners!
David rescued him and Marion is now part of his "forever home".
He won the equivalent of the Lottery, a real happy ending!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 19, 2013 :
this is a great story about a race horses thoughts . its a very clever veiw of the horses experiences.i rate is cute book 5 stars .good luck in upcoming books marion .dina
(reviewed the day of purchase)