Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from J.Q. Rose

Waving to you from behind the Christmas tree in the lobby of  Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Hello, we have been out of town sight-seeing in St. Augustine, Florida, a city that turns 450 years old next year. What a gorgeous city filled with history and culture.

I am looking forward to 2015 on the Girls Succeed blog. More book reviews, more interviews with authors, and stories about successful women. You're invited to write an article about a woman who you admire for this blog. (Find out more about sending me the article by clicking the tab above.) Please join us!

I am wishing you a 
joyful Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year 2015. 
Hope you enjoy this video card. 

YouTube Video: Christmas Songs - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai on the Nobel Peace Prize

We at Girls Succeed! are jumping for joy since hearing the news that Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in speaking up for girls who have no voice in their society.

The Nobel Peace Prize is an auspicious award and recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in peace. Malala is the first person from the country of Pakistan to receive the award and the youngest person to receive it.

Image from Glamour Magazine. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Malala Yousafzai was in the news two years ago when she was shot by the Taliban for insisting on going to school. She stood up in her bus and declared girls should be able to get an education. She was hospitaized and had a long, painful recovery from the wound, but she has come on strong on the world stage bringing awareness to education for girls around the world.

What an amazing young woman. Congratulations, Malala!

For more articles about Malala, check out these links in Girls Succeed!

July 2013 Malala Speaks to the World

October 2013 Update on Malala, the Girl from Pakistan

November 2013 Malala Update Receiving the Women of the Year Award

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Video: Thanksgiving Song by Nicole Westbrook



You can dance off some of that Thanksgiving dinner. 
Watch this popular music video by Nicole Westbrook, Thanksgiving Song.

YouTube Video

Nicole Westbrook - It's Thanksgiving (Official Video)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dr. Claudia Alexander, Space Scientist: Landing on a Comet!

A comet soaring through space
Courtesy of By koratmember,
Can you imagine a future in space science? Dr. Claudia Alexander IS a space scientist and in fact is part of the European Space Agency (ESA) team that launched a spacecraft, Rosetta, ten years ago on a historical journey that just culminated last week in a resounding success. The spacecraft carried a lander, Philae, 300 million miles away from earth to land on the comet named CG. 
Rosetta Orbiter Instruments
Rosetta, space orbiter
Image from Jet Propulsion Laboratory Website

Rosetta's control section is only about the size of an SUV and the solar wings are the size of s semi-trailer. This amazing machine traversed deep space to send Philae to a soft landing, with a bounce or two, onto the comet's surface. The lander will take soil samples, photos, etc and send them back to the agency so we can learn more about the ancient beginnings of our solar system.
Image of Claudia Alexander
Dr. Claudia Alexander, Space Scientist
Image from Jet Propulsion Laboratory Website
Dr. Alexander is  the project manager and project scientist for the U.S. Rosetta Project. The U.S. space agency, NASA, worked with the ESA to bring about this mind-boggling flight and landing. She is well known as a space scientist having been in charge of many projects for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"Claudia Alexander, space scientist, didn't always have stars in her eyes. There was a time she wanted to be a journalist. 'But my parents were convinced engineering was the answer! I found it was a lot more fun to think about the flow of water in a river than water in the city sewer, so I went into earth-science and got a bachelor's in geophysics at UC-Berkeley.' Alexander moved on for a master's in geophysics and space physics at UCLA, and a Michigan Engineering PhD in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, specializing in space plasma. It turned out to be a good path. 'I love working in the space program on one-of-a-kind engineering applications, like flying spacecraft, which is really a team effort. There are so many aspects of keeping a piece of engineering working and operating when it's thousands of kilometers away from you. The ingenuity required is amazing.' "

Dr. Alexander has not given up her love of writing. She writes for the "Bleacher Report", an online tennis website, and she has penned many children's books and a novel. She plans to be published in the future. 

Congratulations to Dr. Alexander and the team on the accomplishment of this space project. She is flying from one dream come true to another dream of being a writer. Truly she is a good example to follow--never stop dreaming!

How about you? Do you dream of flying among the stars or creating spacecraft to explore the galaxies? What career do you want to follow? We'd love to hear your dreams and plans. Thank you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Veterans Day: Highlights in the History of Military Women

Veterans Day Honoring Veterans
of the U.S. Military Servces
On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor veterans who served in the U.S. Military. This date also marks the end of World War I when the armistice with Germany was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Women have been a part of the U.S. Military since the American Revolutionary War when we fought for independence from England. Winning that war established the United States of America. 

Take a look at this amazing history of women in the military.The full history is on the Women in MilitaryService for America Memorial site.

Highlights in the History of Military Women

American Revolution (1775-1783): Women serve on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses and saboteurs.
War of 1812: Mary Marshall and Mary Allen nurse aboard Commodore Stephen Decatur's ship United States.
Mexican War (1846-1848): Elizabeth Newcom enlists in Company D of the Missouri Volunteer Infantry as Bill Newcom. She marches 600 miles from Missouri to winter camp at Pueblo, Colorado, before she is discovered to be a woman and discharged.
Civil War (1861-1865): Women provide casualty care and nursing to Union and Confederate troops at field hospitals and on the Union Hospital Ship Red Rover. Women soldiers on both sides disguise themselves as men in order to serve. In 1865, Dr. Mary Walker receives the Medal of Honor. She is the only woman to receive the nation's highest military honor.

More Recent History
1987: The Navy assigns its first woman Force Master Chief and Independent Duty Corpsman to serve at sea.
The first enlisted woman is assigned as Officer-In-Charge aboard a Coast Guard vessel.
1988: NASA selects its first Navy woman as an astronaut.
The Coast Guard's "Chief Warrant Officer to Lieutenant" program promotes its first woman.
Marine women are again assigned as embassy guards.
1989: 770 women deploy to Panama in Operation Just Cause. Two women command Army companies in the operation and three women Army pilots are nominated for Air Medals. Two receive the Air Medal with "V" device for participation in a combat mission.
For the first time in history, the US Military Academy (West Point) names a woman as its Brigade Commander and First Captain.
NASA selects its first Army woman as an astronaut.
The Navy assigns its first woman as Command Master Chief at sea.
A woman is the first person trained for a new specialty, Coast Guard Flight Officer. These officers are responsible for tactical coordination of the drug interdiction efforts aboard Coast Guard aircraft.

War in the Persian Gulf (1990-1991): Some 40,000 American military women are deployed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Two Army women are taken prisoner by the Iraqis.
1991: The Navy assigns the first women to command a Naval Station and an aviation squadron.
The first Navy woman assumes command of a ship.
The Air Force Reserve selects its first woman senior enlisted advisor.
Congress repeals laws banning women from flying in combat.
For the first time in history, a woman is named Brigade Commander at the Naval Academy.
1992: The first active duty woman Coast Guard officer is promoted to captain (O-6).
1993: Congress repeals the law banning women from duty on combat ships. Women deploy with the USS Fox.
The first woman Naval aviator serves with a combat squadron.
The first woman assumes command of a Naval base.
The Marine Corps opens pilot positions to women.
The Army names a woman "Drill Sergeant of the Year" for the first time in the 24-year history of this competition.
The Army assigned its first woman combat pilot.
The Air Force assigns the first woman to command an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) unit.
The first woman service secretary in the history of the armed forces is appointed.
The first woman in any reserve component is promoted to major general.
The Air Force assigns the first woman to command an air refueling unit.
The Coast Guard promotes the first active duty woman to master chief.
The Coast Guard assigns the first woman as Chief Judge.

1994: The USS Eisenhower is the first carrier to have permanent women crew members. Sixty-three women are initially assigned.
The first woman assumes command of a Naval Air Station.
The first woman, an Air Force major, copilots the space shuttle.
The Air Force Reserve gets its first woman fighter pilot.
1995: An Air Force lieutenant colonel becomes the first woman space shuttle pilot.
The first African-American woman, an Air Force officer, is promoted to major general.
The first female Marine pilot pins on Naval flight wings.
1996: The first women in the history of the armed forces are promoted to three-star rank.
For the first time a woman fires Tomahawk cruise missiles from a warship in a combat zone.
The first woman commands the Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
The first woman commands an operational flying wing.
1997: The Army promotes its first woman to lieutenant general.
The Army assigns the first woman and the first non-doctor to command an Army hospital.
The first woman in history is appointed as a state adjutant general.

1998: For the first time, a woman fighter pilot delivers a payload of missiles and laser-guided bombs in combat. She is in the first wave of US strikes against Iraq in Operation Desert Fox.
The Air National Guard promotes the first woman to major general.
1999: The Air Force promotes its first woman to lieutenant general.
For the first time, a woman, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, commands the space shuttle.
The first women graduate from the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel.
The first woman and first African-American commands the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps (NOAA).
The first African-American woman is selected to command a Navy ship.
2000: The Air Force promotes the first woman pilot to brigadier general.
The first Coast Guard women, an active duty officer and a reservist, are promoted to flag officer rank.
Navy women are among the victims and heroes when the USS Cole is attacked by a suicide bomber in Yemen.
The first woman commands a Navy warship at sea. The vessel is assigned to the sensitive Persian Gulf.
The Army National Guard promotes the first woman to major general.

2001: The Army promotes the first woman to brigadier general in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. She is also the first Asian-Pacific-American woman promoted to brigadier general.
An Air National Guard security force woman becomes the first woman to complete the counter-sniper course, the only military sniper program open to women.
The US Army Women's Museum opens at Ft. Lee, Virginia.
Terrorists highjack four commercial aircraft, crash two into the World Trade Center, one into a field in Pennsylvania and one into the Pentagon. In the attack at the Pentagon 125 people were killed on the ground and 59 passengers lose their lives; ten active duty, reserve and retired servicewomen are among the casualties. Servicewomen are activated and deployed in support of the war on terrorism.
2002: An enlisted woman Marine is killed in an aircraft crash in Pakistan, the first woman to die in Operation Enduring Freedom, part of the Global War on Terror.
The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) is issued a new charter narrowing its focus to issues pertaining to military families, recruitment, readiness and retention. A retired Marine three-star general is appointed chairman of the new, downsized advisory committee.
For the first time in its history, the Army National Guard promotes an African-American woman to the rank of brigadier general.
For the first time in US history, a woman becomes the top enlisted advisor
in any of the military components. She is sworn in as the Command Sergeant
Major of the US Army Reserve.
2003: The first Native American servicewoman is killed in battle.  She was one of three women who became prisoners of war during the first days of the war in Iraq.
The first woman in US Air Force history takes command of a fighter squadron.
2005: The first woman in history is awarded the Silver Star for combat action. She is one of 14 women in US history to receive the medal.
An Air Force woman becomes the Air Force Academy’s Commandant of Cadets, the No. 2 position at the nation’s service academies. She is the first woman in the history of any of the academies to be appointed to this position.
The first woman in US Air Force history joins the prestigious USAF Air  Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds.” She was also the first woman on any US military high performance jet team. 
2006: The Coast Guard appoints the first woman Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, making her the first woman in history to serve as a deputy service chief in any of the US Armed Forces.
The Marine Corps assigns the first woman Marine in history to command a Recruit
2007: The first woman in US Naval history takes command of a fighter squadron.
The last woman veteran of World War I dies, a former yeoman (F).
2008: For the first time in US military history, a woman is promoted to the
rank of four-star general. She is promoted by the US Army.

More blog posts on women in the military:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Careers Today by J.Q. Rose

Careers Today by J.Q. Rose

Women are entering professions never imagined when I was graduating from high school. With the advances in computers and technology, so many different jobs are opening. Have you talked with a college student lately about his or her major? What an amazing choice of degrees to earn these days. Majors are in recreation, hospitality, business leadership, marketing, all those computer technology majors, and even how to engineer packaging for products.

With so many choices available, I want to encourage girls to dream big for the career they want to pursue and follow the dream by working hard to make it a reality.

Girls Succeed!
Available at Amazon and all major online booksellers
The stories in the Girls Succeed! are about careers, but also the path the women followed to make their dream profession come true. 

This is non-fiction book and was written as a reference for gathering information and inspiration about different occupations. If a career catches a reader’s eye, then I hope she will read about it. At the end of each chapter, there are live links to the subject’s websites, videos, books, and articles which will enhance and update the information provided.

It was a privilege to interview these remarkable women. I felt very special to have them trust me to tell their stories. Now I look forward to getting the ebook out to readers and hope to inspire them to follow their dreams.

The Table of Contents lists all the women and their careers. How about you? Do you dream of success in a dream career? What are your plans for your future? Go for it!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1--Horse Trainer/Competitive Dressage Rider, Pati Pierucci
True Love
Chapter 2--Bike Racer, Mackenzie Woodring
Speeding Around the Track
Chapter 3--Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Jane Stroschin
Practice, Practice, Practice
Chapter 4--Medical Doctor, Cate Bradley
Role Models Rock
Chapter 5--Chef, Sue Chef
Cooking Up a Career
Chapter 6--Technology Expert, Diana Stoneberg
Keep Your Sense of Humor
Chapter 7--Christian Minister, Laurie Haller
Serving God
Chapter 8--Horticulturalist, Sharon Loving
Thank You Very Mulch
Chapter 9--Medical Scientist, Juanita Merchant
Confidence Counts
Chapter 10-Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Ice Hockey, Angela Ruggiero
Showing the Boys
Chapter 11-Semi-Truck Driver, Barbara Totten
Freedom of the Road
Chapter 12-Teacher/Coach/Athletic Director, Barbara “Chili” Chiles
Aim Higher
Chapter13-Social Worker, Lenair Correll
Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 14-Entrepreneur/Product Developer, Veronica Bosgraaf
Find the Path to Success
Chapter 15-Professional Clown, Brenda Marshall
A Big Red Nose

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Story Behind the Story: Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

Hello and welcome! Step back to the time of dragons, knights in shining armor, and princesses with Mary Waibel's post today. Don't worry, I have knights surrounding the room with swords drawn to protect us from any intruding fire-breathing dragons. (Truly, dragons in my area are more like lovable pets, so don't be scared.)

Are you familiar with the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty? Author Mary Waibel decided to mix it up a bit in her novel, Quest of the Hart. Find out what inspired her to write this version of the age-old tale.

Mary and I are exchanging blog posts, so while she's here, I'm at her blog. Come on over and visit me at Mary Waibel's World 

Welcome, Mary, to the Girls Succeed Blog! 

Thanks so much for hosting me today, JQ, and letting me talk about two of my favorite things: strong characters and fairy tales.

When I started writing the Princess of Valendria series, I never really gave a thought to the fact I was writing stories with role reversals, where a strong woman rescues the man. It sort of happened by accident, or as the story unfolded, so to speak.

Quest of the Hart came from a suggestion by a friend to write a story about the girlie-girl saving the prince. Instantly my mind went to work thinking of ways to take a squeamish girlie-girl and make her a strong, I-can-fight-for-myself-and-all-I-love woman. In fact, I knew the perfect fairy tale to twist to make it work: Sleeping Beauty. So I wrote and edited, and edited some more, and finally I have my girlie-girl who needed to save her prince.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love strong, manly men. My shelves are lined with books where the guy goes out and shows his love for a woman by rescuing her. But switching up the roles can be fun too. Besides, behind every strong man is a strong woman. There has to be, or the relationship wouldn’t work very well; it would be out of balance, and relationships are ALL about balance. (Think about Aurora, Belle, and Cinderella–they weren’t just meek, mild, girls. They had opinions and shared them with the men in their lives.) So, seeing I like strong men, I need strong woman characters.

With Prince Devlin under a sleep spell for most of Quest of the Hart, you don’t get much chance to see how strong he is (something he complains to me about every now and again in hopes of another story), but I hope you do see the strength and character growth Princess Kalyee undergoes as she searches for a way to cure Devlin of the spell he is under.

About the Book:

YA fantasy, romance
Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.

Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.

To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.

About the Author:
Author Mary Waibel
YA Author Mary Waibel is a romantic at heart. Her love of fairy tales, fantasy, and happy-ever-after fill the pages of her stories. When not twisting her own tales, she can be found with her nose buried in any book she can get her hands on.

Mary lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband, hockey player son, and two cats. Many a Friday or Saturday night, she spends hours gaming with family and friends. In the fall and winter she can be found at the ice rink, cheering on her son and his team, and in the summer, she enjoys escaping with her family on camping trips all over the states.

Interacting with her readers is one of Mary's favorite parts of being an author. You can find her at these sites:


Do you have a favorite fairytale?  What is it? Tell us in a comment below. We love to hear from readers.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Firsts, Dressage Competition

Image courtesy of Julie McKevitt

Firsts by J.Q. Rose

Thank you for joining me today. Have you ever tried to do something new? Do you remember the first time you tried to dive from a diving board? Ran your first race? Made your first breakfast for your mom on Mother's Day? Rode your bike without training wheels? Read your first book chapter book? 

In Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, there are ladies in the book who have accomplished firsts in their careers.

Olympics gold medalist Angela Ruggiero is the first female to play in a professional men’s ice hockey game and through the years she and her Team USA won first places in national, international cup, and Olympics games.

Horse woman Pati Pierucci received first place in dressage competitions at the Gran Prix level, the elite level of competition.

Cycle racer Mackenzie Woodring won first place in road racing competitions. In 2012 she garnered a gold medal for the 2012 Women’s Pro State Champion at USA Cycling’s Road Race in Michigan. She also won gold medals as the pilot for her blind partner, Karissa Whitsell, in the 2008 Paralympics games in Beijing, China, riding a high tech bicycle for two. They are currently the world record holders for the Paralympics three kilometer pursuit race. And in 2012 she was the Women’s Team USA Paralympics Gold Medal Winner with partner Kara Vatthauer.

Professional clown Brenda Marshall’s career includes firsts. She was the first woman president of the Clowns of America International and the leader of the first People to People International Clown Delegation to China.

Educator Barbara “Chili” Chiles was the first Athletic Director for both boys and girls in Illinois.

I could go on and on with all the things each woman has accomplished in her career, but I believe the path they took to finding success is the most compelling reading. 

I have included an excerpt from (where else?) the first chapter about Pati Pierucci, horse trainer, teacher, and dressage competitor.  It’s also a wink and a nod to the first novel I wrote in seventh grade about a horse. My grandmother took all those hand-written pages and typed them up for me. When I saw the manuscript in that form, I knew I wanted to be a writer.  Well, it’s taken a few years, but I’m living my dream now.


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.”
--Henry David Thoreau


True Love
For Pati Pierucci, it’s all about the horses.  She says, “They make me smile inside and out.  I love spending time alone with them.”
Pati loves the horses today just as deeply as she did at seven years old.  They are not just a job. They are her pets and friends.  They are her passion.
When the big pearl white stallion, Idilio, gently neighs when Pati walks by his stall, she drops everything to spend time with him.  Idilio is a powerful Pure Spanish Horse. In Spanish the breed is called Pure Raza Espanol or PRE. Pati and Idilio have introduced this breed successfully into competition in the United States.
Growing up on horse farms in Kentucky and New Jersey, Pati was around horses all the time.  At the age of fifteen Pati was caring for and feeding other people’s horses. Later, at Barclay Farms in New Jersey, Pati galloped their race horses every morning.  As head instructor, she gave riding lessons at the farm. Her interest in horses and farm operations led her to major in Equine Studies in Overall Farm Administration and Breeding at Harcum Junior College in New Jersey.  Pati successfully worked at farms in New Jersey and in Virginia. 
She became serious about “dressage” when she rode and trained her mother-in-law’s quarter horse, Sage’s Spy Song. Dressage is a French word that means training.  The rider guides the horse through a series of intricate moves by using the rider's hands, legs, and weight. The horse and rider seem to become one moving from one task to another flawlessly.  There is beauty and grace in the dressage movements performed by the horse and rider.  Many people compare the competition to watching figure skating, ballet, or gymnastics.  Teaching Sage the movements was a challenge because the horse had one leg shorter than the other!
 Pati learned the levels of movement in dressage from talented teachers. She practiced and worked hard to advance her skills for competitions.
She remembers her first performance at the Gran Prix level, one of the highest levels of competition.  She was excited and nervous about the first presentation with her horse.  They would be performing under the lights in front of a crowd of 17,000 people.  She wanted to be sure to warm up just enough so that Idilio would be ready, but not tired.  However, there was a delay.  She tried to stay calm. She didn’t want to get too anxious because her horse would pick up on her nervousness and make the stallion uneasy.  Finally after a twenty minute delay, the pair began the dance. 
Pati concentrated on the dressage movements allowing Idilio to perform flawlessly.  A few minutes into the presentation, she realized she was so nervous that she couldn’t swallow.  Saliva kept building up in her mouth, but she could not swallow!  Pati rode her horse through all of the paces, yet she could not swallow.  She began to think that at the end of the performance she would be drooling.   
After performing for six minutes, she heard the crowd start clapping. The performance was over. Finally she could swallow. Happily her nerves did not upset Idilio. He performed so well they made it to the next round.  She never forgot that bit of panic at her first Gran Prix event.  Now she experiences nerves before a routine, but she calls them good nerves because they keep her sharp and ready to perform.
Pati and her husband, Peter, work together in their own business, Pierucci Dressage, located on a farm in Virginia. Pati focuses on teaching lessons in dressage, coaching and training horses. She is enjoying enormous success showing for client horses as well as with students in dressage competition. She supervises a staff of highly qualified people who help care for the horses.
Pati’s occupation allows her to spend her days with her beloved horses and to have family with her even at work. She can be with their children, Phoebe, Hannah, and Ramey at the farm and include their four dogs and pet mouse, Georgina, in all the activities. 
The day begins early on the farm to turn the horses out of the barn and prepare stalls.  Pati spends the entire morning riding each horse for forty-five minutes teaching the horses the movements required to perform in a dressage competition. 
 As the horse masters each movement Pati teaches another maneuver which becomes more complex than the one before. The rider and horse spend years working together in order to place well in the competitions. Pati and Idilio performed at The Gran Prix and International Levels where only the top horses and riders appear.
The afternoon on the farm is spent on grooming, treatments, and teaching until the horses are fed and tucked back into their stalls at 9:00 pm.  This routine is practiced six days a week by this dedicated horse woman and her staff.
Because Pati worked hard and took on increasing responsibilities for the horses, she is respected within the horse trainers and performance circles. She embraced her passion for the handsome animals and allowed it to take her to new heights in her business. The life long fascination with horses continues for Pati as she develops her business and looks forward to even more fun and enjoyment with the horses.

Attended Harcum Junior College, New Jersey, degree in Farm Administration and Breeding
Head instructor, Barclay Farms, New Jersey
Competed in Dressage Competition at Gran Prix Level for over fifteen years
Head trainer and instructor at Hampton Greens Farm, Michigan and Florida

Young Rider Website
The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse for books on horses
Dressage terms and information
 Mary King- Imperial Cavalier – Dressage competition London 2012 Olympics

More about Dressage

The three basic gaits are walk, trot, and canter.
Lateral means to move sideways.
Halfpass is a dressage movement that is a highly trained lateral (meaning going sideways) movement.
Tempi Changes is when the horse is cantering and changes his lead leg.

What firsts have you experienced. Leave a message below. I'd love to hear from you. Thank you!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

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Friday, October 10, 2014

International Day of the Girl Child October 11

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The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys.  Established by the United Nations, the observance is held every year on October 11. This special day raises public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer. For more information, click on the International Day of the Girl site.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Career: Angela Ruggiero, Olympics Gold Medalist in Women's Ice Hockey, Listen to an excerpt

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Ice hockey season is here. Do you have hockey fever? Do you play ice hockey? Ice hockey is an exciting sport to watch AND to play. Today I am sharing an excerpt about a girl who dreamed of playing ice hockey as a Team USA member in the Olympics. Angela Ruggiero loved the ice from the time she was seven years old. She accomplished her dream of representing the USA four times at the Olympics winning gold, silver, and bronze medals. I hope you enjoy listening to an excerpt from the chapter about Angela in Girls Succeed! 

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