Title: Race Against Time | Author: by Claire Eckard | Genre: Non-Fiction | Publisher: Cedar Fort Press | Release Date: January 2023
Book Description: Flash was a pony that had fallen between the cracks-too small for most to ride, even for a Hackney pony, and too feral to be shown. What he needed was a person as small as he was-who had the guts and the patience to give a wild pony a chance. Then along came a little girl with a sensitive soul and a big heart.
Kyla Law was just nine years old when she met Flash, and neither of them could have anticipated that their partnership would make history.
In an inspiring true story of family, faith, and perseverance, Kyla and Flash’s relationship mirrors the journey we must all take in life: one of highs and lows, successes and failures-theirs just happens to be along a hundred-mile historic trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains-the setting for the most famous endurance race in the world. From the moment they met, to the moment they crossed the finish line, their tenacity exhibits pure spirit: the human spirit, the Holy Spirit, and the fire-in-the-soul kind of spirit that helps us climb mountains and cross rivers, literally and figuratively.
This story is about a girl and her pony, and how in one amazing day they inspired an international community, as Flash became the smallest horse to ever finish the Western States One-Hundred-Mile, One-Day Ride-the Tevis Cup.
My Thoughts: Race Against Time is the aptly titled story of a young girl who finds the patience and strength to train a feral pony named Flash. But just as Kyla Law has found a mutually-agreeable rhythm with Flash, she begins to outgrow him physically. Their time together as rider and horse is limited, but there is one more thing they want to accomplish before time runs out. The gruelling Tevis Cup may be the last time they will ever ride together…and they are going to make it count!
In this incredible true story about a girl who finds a pony that needs her as much as she needs him, Kyla and Flash find companionship, strength and validation as they become the team that brings the smallest horse in the history of the Tevis Cup to the finish line. From struggles at school and troubles training Flash to the uncertainty of competing in one of the most difficult horse rides in the world, Race Against Time tells this compelling tale of determination, faith and family with all of the emotional complexity and sheer grit that it encompasses. Young readers will cheer for Kyla as she conquers fear, bullying and frustration to finish one of the most trying endurance races in the world. With her determined mother by her side and the biggest horse in the Tevis Cup as Flash’s mentor and companion, Kyla leads this unlikely hero to the finish line in a dramatic and heart-warming story.
Flash’s personality will bring a laugh to anyone who reads about him while Kyla’s gentle nature will melt hearts. Together, they make a perfect team! This is a fantastic story made even more wonderful as it’s based on real people and the real challenges they overcame to make their dreams come true. Highly recommended!
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