Believing In Horses Out West

It’s official; I am well into writing my third book with a working title of Believing In Horses Out West. Young Sadie ventures to a Montana dude ranch to check on Sunny, the Palomino mare she rescued last year. But the family vacation takes a turn for the worse when Sadie unravels a mystery involving unsavory ranch hands putting Sunny and other horses in grave danger.

Why write about a ranch? Ranches are near and dear to my heart. The year my father died, I decided to do things I’d always wanted to do, like visiting a dude ranch. I signed up for the Hooves of History Cattle Drive that included a week-long trip at Homeplace Ranch with a three-day cattle drive in the middle. I traveled by myself to Alberta, Canada, and fell in love with the ranch lifestyle. It would not be my last ranch trip.

Two years later as I drove myself across the county to my new duty station in San Diego, I stopped at several ranches along the way. It was at the Circle Bar Ranch in Utica, Montana, that I decided to buy my own horse when I arrived in California. I had put off having horses in my life for too long, and the ranch brought me back to my senses and the realization that if I waited for the perfect time to have a horse again, it might never happen.

I met my husband after that trip, and we’ve since enjoyed trekking around the globe and experienced one of the most spectacular trips of a lifetime, the Red Rock Ride. We made friendships that have lasted for years, and much of the scenery is still captured in my mind.

I want to share the information I have in my personal database about those experiences. Ranches are not all about riding; they are about a lifestyle. It’s about hospitality, enjoying the outdoors, meeting new people, and living the cowboy and cowgirl life for a brief moment in time.

I hope I can inspire readers to sit back and enjoy the ride. My goal is to paint pictures with words that help people escape and get a glimpse into another world they may not have seen. And just maybe, a reader or two may be motivated to take a chance and decide to believe in horses out west one day, too. The journey begins….



  1. Thank you, Denise! I think you would love Montana, and there is still plenty of time left to visit. Thank you for your continued support.

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit Montana, Val, and now Sadie can introduce me to it! You continue to be an inspiration to me, and I wish you great success with Believing in Horses Out West!