I want to share something special with my readers today–a story written by my youngest granddaughter, Danielle. I hope it will be as encouraging to you as it is to me to keep reaching for your dreams, no matter what your age! The picture is of her with me and my husband on her 8th birthday last June.

My First Horse Training

By: Danielle

Chapter #1

Hi my name is Sam. I’m 8 years old. I have 4 brothers, they call me names all the time at home. My mom died last year, I still think about her.

My dad loves Horses but I’m not good at riding them, so my dad teaches me how to ride. But I’m just not good enough.

Chapter #2

My friend is good at riding Horse I told her my Horse Emily she is tall and pretty I never ever ride on Emily at all. On Sunday I go to church. After church I went to the barn. And feed Emily but I got on Emily’s back and was riding on Emily my dad was proud of me and my brothers to.

Chapter #3

My dad teaches me more about how to ride Horses I could go to the race only for horses but in 2 more Days I will be There at 2:00 sharp 2 Days later I went to the race and I was shocked but Emily was running so fast that I won the first round that I was getting ready for round 2.

Chapter #4

It was round 2 so Emily ran as fast as she could but the crowd was wild so I ran to the finish line. That I won round 2 it was round 3 so I got on my Horse. But a man said you’re going down!

Chapter #5

But he was wrong so I ran even faster. Then I won! I won the race! I got the trophy my dad was happy my brothers are happy to. I went home and I put my trophy in my bedroom I went to bed it was morning I went to school. I told my friend that I won the race she was happy when I want to be a horse rider I will be. When I grow up I want to be just like my daddy .

The End

Danielle is an 8 year old girl. She is a third grade student. She wrote this book by herself on a snow day in February 2010. She enjoys art, gymnastics, and making her own stories, sometimes without words!

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22 Responses to

  1. Karen Lange says:

    What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing, Rose. :)

  2. Karla Akins says:

    I loved your story, Danielle! My boys have autism and they like to run fast in the Special Olympics. They like their medals the way your character liked her trophy!

  3. Hi Danielle, I’m a friend of your grandma’s. She’s a really special lady, don’t you think? I really like your story. You must like horses a lot. That’s really neat that you could write a whole story in a snow day. (I do a lot of writing on snow days, too. I’m a teacher, just like your mom.) Keep writing, Danielle. One of the things I like to do is keep a journal talking to God. Maybe you could do that as well. :)

  4. Linore says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Danielle. I want to encourage you to keep on writing! The thrill of winning a victory was an excellent topic to write about–good going and keep up the great work!


    Mrs. B.

  5. Linda Glaz says:

    Danielle, with such a good story at your age, I can’t wait to read what you’ll write when you grow up. I hope it’s about horses too as I love horses. Keep writing. (Don’t let your brothers pick on you)God bless you, Linda

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments! Danielle loves to hear all of your encouragement and feedback!
    *Christy* (Dani’s mom)

  7. Hi Danielle, I’m friend of your grandma’s and a writer, just like she is, and just like you are. Isn’t it fun making up stories and putting them down on paper so other people can read them? You’re going to be a wonderful writer, and I hope some day, when I go to the bookstore, I will see your books on the shelf right next your grandma’s and mine.

  8. Hi Danielle! My Gramma is writing this for me. I’m telling her what words to write. My Gramma’s a writing friend of your Gramma’s, did you know? My Gramma read me your story. I like it so much, I’m going to write one too. Maybe about my cousin’s little horse. But I’m seven, so I can’t write as many words as you. I liked your story lots. I’m smiling. Bye, Hilda

  9. Edwina says:


    That is a wonderful story! You have obviously inherited your grandmother’s talent for writing!
    Keep up the good work!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Very well don, Danielle! I look forward to reading more of your stories.

    Kim Vogel Sawyer

  11. Such an inspiring story! I loved reading every word.


  12. What a fun story, Danielle! You must like horses a lot. And writing too. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  13. Jeanie Smith Cash says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I’m a Christian author like your grandmother and I really enjoyed your story about horses. We had six horses on our ranch. My grandchildren enjoyed watching the babies be born and seeing them get up and try to walk for the first time, they are so cute. You’ve done a very good job writing your story. I hope you will continue to write as you grow up and that we’ll see your books on the shelves one day.

  14. susan miura says:

    Hi Danielle, You did a great job with your story. I have always loved horses and started reading horse stories when I was your age. I hope you keep up the writing. Thanks for sharing your terrific story with us!

  15. Danielle,
    Keep up the good work! I don’t know anyone else as young as you who has written a book about horses. The racing was really exciting! Blessings!
    Donna Winters

  16. Diana says:

    Bravo Dannielle!
    I like your story. I like horses too, but have found them difficult to ride. Once I was tossed off of one!

    I like to write stories too especially on rainy days. We have more of them than snow days.
    Keep writing!

  17. Hi Danielle, I met your grandma in a writer’s class, and I can see you are following in her footsteps. Keep up the writing!!

  18. Ramona Cecil says:

    I really enjoyed your horse story, Danielle. It is so uplifting. I’ve loved horse stories since I was a little girl your age. Your grandmother Rose is a friend of mine. I have granddaughters just a little younger than you, so I know how proud your grandma must be of your writing. You are so blessed to have a wonderful teacher and writer in your grandma Rose. Keep writing!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Ramona Cecil

  19. Judy Alexander says:

    I really enjoyed your story, Danielle! I grew up riding horses with my sisters. Your story made me remember some really happy times. Thank you. Keep writing!

  20. Great story, Danielle. Keep at it, and someday your friends will be saying they knew you before you became famous.

  21. Danielle, I am a writer like your Grandma. I liked your story very much. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll write like your Grandma and still ride horses like your Daddy.

  22. Jamie S Hill says:

    I enjoyed your story, Danielle. When I was little I hated reading because it was really hard for me. It wasn’t until I was a grown up that I began to love reading and then I tried writing. I enjoy telling the stories that come into my head and I’m glad you shared yours with us. Keep writing and read lots of books. Your reading will help you be a better writer and your writing will help you to be a better reader.

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