The heat has settled over Florida like a blanket with endless hot and humid days. The Paris trip is off since the Junior Jumper team didn’t qualify to go and Emily can’t go on the training trip to Europe because they don’t have enough money for a plane ticket. They hardly have enough money to feed their own horses so it’s not exactly like she can complain. Emily knows that this is how the horse business works. You can be on top of the world one minute and come crashing down the next. Dry spells are real and so is the summer slump. They just have to buckle down and get back to work building up their farm again.
But Duncan and Esther have big plans for Emily. Just because she can’t go to Europe, that doesn’t mean they still don’t want her to get the experience she desperately needs. So when they arrange for her to spend a whole month as a working student for a top show jumper, Emily is thrilled. She’s not so thrilled when she finds out that Hanna gets to go too because even though the girls are friends, Emily doesn’t exactly need another rival.
So the two girls will pack up their bags and take their horses on the road, travelling from show to show with an up and coming rider and their entourage. Sleeping in trailers and barns. Seeing the summer show circuit and getting a chance to compete. Its everything that Emily has dreamed of but it’s also more work than she’s ever done in her whole life. But she’s having to leave her other horses behind. Can she trust her father not to sell them while she is gone? And will a whole month of hard work on the road cement her Olympic dreams once and for all? Or will it put her off chasing that elusive gold medal for good?
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