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Connemara Mollie

Connemara Mollie
Catherine Madera

An Irish Journey on Horseback

by Hilary Bradt

 

Since her pony-obsessed childhood, explorer-publisher Hilary Bradt had dreamed of tackling a long distance ride. Short treks in Ethiopia and the Peruvian Andes proved to be mere dress rehearsals for the real thing—a thousand mile journey on horseback, solo, through the west of Ireland in 1984. Three decades later, in Connemara Mollie, Bradt retraces her steps, kindling the poignant memories of her relationship with Mollie, her Connemara pony. Available in the US by The Globe Pequot Press for $16.99. www.bradtguides.com.

Editor’s Review: Because I have a dream of going to Ireland for a castle tour on horseback, I was especially interested in reading this book. A memoir and travel guide all in one, Connemara Mollie is a funny, charming read that made me long to pack up, find a good pony and go exploring. This author is an impressive adventurer and I’m looking forward to reading the second book about riding cross country in Ireland—Dingle Peggy. It’s about time to start saving for my own Irish adventure!

 

Published April 2014 Issue

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Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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