Celebrate the small things

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebrate the Small things.

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so it’s time to celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to hop over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is cheering about. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We’ve had horrible colds this week, but they’re finally packing up and leaving.
  • Groundhog Day: once we reach this part of the winter, I pretend spring is almost here. If the groundhog says an early spring, he’s my hero. If not, I pretend he doesn’t know anything. 🙂 This year, 2 of the little fellows are having a dispute. One says early spring and the other says 6 more weeks of winter. They may have to go to arbitration. But, I just found out the CT groundhog, Chuckles, predicts an early spring. Way to go, Chuckles!
  • My sister and brother-in-law’s new company is now open. It’s called GoSparen. If any of you need rides to LGA, EWR, or JFK airports, check out http://www.GoSparen.com. Their limos will pick you up at home and take you to the airport or vice-versa. It’s much less expensive because they pool with other riders so you have no hassle and less traffic, too. You’ll save about 40% off regular fares.
What are you celebrating this week?
Copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Snowman: A story of fate and frienship

Have any of you seen the amazing documentary called “Snowman?” Even if you’re not a rider, my bet is you’ll love it.
The story opens with rider and small riding school owner, Harry DeLeyer, narrating. He’d been with horses all his life. He and his wife, Johanna, were both born in Holland. During the war, they were part of the resistance, a group that helped Jewish people escape Hitler’s regime. The parents of someone they helped sponsored Mr. and Mrs. DeLeyer to come to America. Harry started his own riding school. Who were his best advertisements? His eight children; Harriett, Anna Marie, Harry Jr., Billy, Martin Joseph, Andre, and Haike.  He wanted them to be great examples of his teaching skills so he would attract others to his Hollandia Farm.
There were many similarities between  Harry DeLeyer and my dad. We also grew up on a farm and the horses were cared for before we went home. Our dad wanted us to be great examples with examples of our riding skills and sportsmanship. My sisters and I never considered not competing in bad weather. Our dad would not have been pleased. We also had our own Cinderella horse, Fleet Nancy. She was a failed racehorse, who’d been hurt in an accident just before my dad bought her. She may have failed as a racehorse, but she shined as a hunter and she loved her job.
One day Mr. De Leyer went to the auction in New Holland, PA, searching for a good horse for his lesson program. He got a flat tire along the way. When he got to the auction, it was almost over. He noticed a big gray horse loaded on the truck, headed for the slaughterhouse. He noticed the kind expression in the big horse’s eye and bought him for $80. Harry noticed markings on Snowman, showing he’d been used as a plow horse.
Snowman was wonderful with all of the riders. He took great care of them and everyone adored him. Things went along smoothly until Harry decided to sell Snowman to one of his friends, about six miles away. A few days later, Snowman trotted into Harry’s yard. Naturally, Harry thought his friend forgot to close the gate. But Harry learned the gate was not the problem. It was closed. Snowman jumped the fence.  The two men decided to make the fence higher. Still, Snowman came back to Harry’s yard. Eventually, Harry decided to take Snowman back.
Harry chose to train Snowman to jump. After 3 months of training, Snowman entered a small show. he won the jumper championship. People laughed, believing Snowman’s win was a fluke. So Harry entered a big show the next time at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. This time, Snowman edged out a famous jumper by one point, to win the championship again.
Harry and Snowman were an amazing team. They won championships at Madison Square Garden, and other places. In fact, Snowman held a jumping record of seven feet for ten years!
Snowman knew Harry was his friend and he’d jump anything Harry steered him toward. They shared an amazing bond don’t you think?
Snowman is a beautiful story about the incredible friendship between a man and his horse. I hope you see the movie or read one of the many books about Snowman’s talents.

 copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com


Thank you Barbara Ann, for this beautiful review.

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Tails of Sweetbrier

Written by Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj


A warm and moving autobiography of a girl who had a dream of riding horses. That might not seem so tough to achieve until you discover that Deanie was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Deanie convinces her parents that she will work hard to achieve that dream, and her father opens up a riding school to support that dream.

Readers follow Deanie’s journey as she learns to walk, trot and canter on her pony, Little Man. As her confidence grows, she begins to dream of loftier goals. Despite a family tragedy with a barn fire that results in the loss of her horse, Chiefie, Deanie and her family persevere and rebuild. We follow their successes and failures as well as the physical hardships that Deanie endures.

The author teachers her young readers to reach for the stars. Work hard…

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Celebrate the small things


Hi everyone,
Hope you had a great week. It’s been kind of a frazzling week here so I’m going to celebrate everyone who always stops by to support me. You’re fantastic. Remember to tell me what you’re cheering about this week.

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copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!


Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

 We have a big announcement today. A revised edition of Charlene the Star will be available shortly. Stay tuned for more updates. Here is the back of the book text from Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing?  Will she become a model instead?  Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.

Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote a children’s autobiography called Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as Charlie the Horse.

All of Deanie’s books have won  “The Fifty Great Books You Should Be Reading” award from TheAuthorsShow.com, Deanie enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also likes watching equestrian events, figure skating, and baseball.


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Charlene meeting Ann and Blossom : illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj




Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children’s book illustrations.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Are you setting goals?

Hi everyone,
Do you believe in setting goals? I think it’s a good idea because you have something to work toward. But make your goals realistic. Don’t write down you want to make a million dollars this week, or lose 10 lbs in a week. You want to set yourself up for success so keep that in mind. You’ll build your confidence along the way.
For example, what if you want to lose 5 lbs. in the next 6 weeks? The first thing to do is write it down because you can review it whenever you want and it’ll help keep you focused. Are you an author?Write down your goals as an author. Would you like to sell a certain number of books? Write 3 books this year? Remember, add that to your list if it’s one of your goals.
As a children’s author, I believe every child deserves to be inspired to follow his/ her dreams.My goal is to reach as many children as possible. My books, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, all share valuable life lessons like sharing and helping others.
What are your goals for this year?

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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