Miss Little Britches: Story of a girls struggle to accept a homely horse and win a title in junior rodeo Bonnie Stahlman Speer

ISBN: 9781889683126

Published: August 28th 1999

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141 pages


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Miss Little Britches: Story of a girls struggle to accept a homely horse and win a title in junior rodeo  by  Bonnie Stahlman Speer

Miss Little Britches: Story of a girls struggle to accept a homely horse and win a title in junior rodeo by Bonnie Stahlman Speer
August 28th 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 141 pages | ISBN: 9781889683126 | 9.36 Mb

As touching as The Yearling, as unforgettable as National Velvet, Miss Little Britches is the story of a girls struggle to love a homely horse and her joy and pain in trying to become a champion in junior rodeo.Written by Oklahoma author BonnyMoreAs touching as The Yearling, as unforgettable as National Velvet, Miss Little Britches is the story of a girls struggle to love a homely horse and her joy and pain in trying to become a champion in junior rodeo.Written by Oklahoma author Bonny Stahlman Speer, this story is set against the background of the real-life Little Britches Rodeo.

It is to be released at the National Finals in Colorado Springs, July 27-31.Twelve-year-old Sassy Martin yearns to be a rodeo champion, as were her father and three older sisters. But she is not a natural-born cowgirl like her sisters, according to her mother. In addition, all Sassy has to compete on, in seeking the junior cowgirl title, Miss Little Britches, is an aged mare, a hand-me-down from her sisters.Sassy dreams of having a golden palomino like her staunch rival Jetta Jackson.

When her opportunity comes to get a new horse, obtained at the sacrifice of her mothers new sewing machine, the ugly throwback that her father brings home is far from her dreams. Reluctantly, Sassy agrees to train the horse. In the course of doing so, things take a surprising turn,The Little Britches Rodeo hosts over 600 boys and girls each fall during the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals held at Colorado Springs.

All are competing for trophies and other awards.Formerly headquarted at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Littleton, Colorado, this site for the NLBRA provides the setting for this young adult fiction novel.The tale begins with Sassys friend and neighbor, Joe Ben Hanna, losing his try at winning the Top Cowboy title at the National Finals.

Sassy has a foreboding the same thing happen to her. She is right. Her aged mare, Marquita,who has always been hard to handle, runs away during the pole bending.Heart-broken, Sassy is encouraged by her father to keep trying, that someday she is going to be quite a little cowgirl. Sassy still has one more year to try for Miss Little Britches, but she knows she wont have a chance on her old mare.She also knows she doesnt have much chance of obtaining a new horse.

Things have not been prosperous on the small Martin ranch, set in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, what with the drought. But when the Hannas stallion steals Marquita, Sassys mother comes to the rescue for a new horse.Sassy thinks all of her dreams are going to come true when they learn the Jackson ranch is selling some of its unpapered stock.Sassys father warns her not to get her hopes trio high, that more than likely, if its a cull, the horse they can afford might be a throwback.

He explains that a palomino is a color not a breed. Sometimes when one mixes breeds, they get a strange new color.Sassy refuses to let her hopes be dashed. But they soon are. During her struggle to accept the homely throwback her father brings home, she learns responsibility and that horses have feelings too.The next summer, Sassy, Joe Ben, and Anna Calderon, Sassys best friend, complete once more for their respective titles in the junior rodeo. A devastating cloudburst floods the Platte Valley and cuts Denver in two, nearly destroying Sassys dreams.Bonny Speer is an accomplished writer who has a way with creating characters and developing her plot.

She is a former Colorado resident and now an adjunct professor of journalism, University of Oklahoma and author of thirteen published books. Her story is basedon numerous interviews with contestants in the Little Britches Rodeo.The flavor of western Americana is in Speers warm account of Miss Little Britches.With its excellent descriptions of junior rodeo, its skillful use of native vernacular, its tender relation between Sassy and her horse, Miss Little Britches stands a good chance of finding a permanent place in adolescent libraries.



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