More About Cindy Hale, Sharon P. Fibelkorn & Sharon P. Fibelkorn
Cindy Hale is a research scientist and environmental educator with the University of Minnesota Duluth. Cindy began her career as an ecologist in the early 1980s and has studied an eclectic variety of organisms including prairie plants, wolves and Spotted Owls but she eventually settled on forest ecology doing research in old-growth and managed hardwood forests of the Great Lakes region. She was seduced by exotic earthworms when she realize what a big impact they were having on forest communities. The Great Lakes Worm Watch program is the result of her common interests in communicating research findings to the public and offering meaningful citizen science opportunities for those interested in exploring the Great Lakes forest ecosystems. Using her more than fifteen years of environmental education experience, Cindy has trained over 500 teachers and environmental educators in sampling and identifying earthworms and how earthworm invasions affect forest ecosystems. She lives up the shore from Duluth, in Clover Valley, with her husband Jeff and daughter May.
Reviews - What do customers think about Riding for the Blue: A Celebration of Horse Shows?
Charming anecdotes, beautiful photos... Jan 4, 2007
Cindy does a fabulous job exploring -- and explaining -- the ins and outs (no pun intended) of the horse show world. From western pleasure to hunters, from hard-working to grooms to behind the scenes candids, from saddle seat to dressage, and to the ever present show moms, both the photos and text capture the essence of the joy and passion we share for our horses and our sport.
Wonderful read for horsepeople and non alike. Apr 14, 2003
Really enjoyed this book. Not a "how to" book by any means but rather a heartwarming, insightful collection of stories. Laughed out loud one minute and was weepy the next. A wonderful addition to my collection.
Why Show Horses? Because... Apr 8, 2003
This is a beautiful book, with gorgeous photos and a funny and perceptive text showing why people love horses and why they take their sometimes magnificent, and sometimes not-so-magnificent but loved-just-the-same, beasts out in public to compete against others similarly afflicted with horse show fever.
Cindy Hale's text shows a mastery of words and imagery. More than that, though, her writing shows a true love and understanding of horses, of horse shows, and of why people and horses compete. She examines several disciplines, including hunters, western, dressage, and jumpers. She covers the arc of a horse show career, for both horses and riders, and gives justly due attention to the judges, trainers, grooms, braiders, night watchmen, and horse show moms who all contribute to making showing the unique and addictive experience it is. And, of course, she gives tribute to the horses without whose generosity and cooperation none of it would be possible.
The photographs that accompany the text are sharp, feeling, and insightful. Sharon Fibelkorn not only captures the beauty, spirit, and athleticism of the horses in each discipline, but also the emotions of the people riding and surrounding them.
This is a perfect book for anyone who loves horses and showing, and anyone who loves someone who loves horses and showing and wants to understand the answer to the question, "why on Earth do you put yourself through all that just for a little ribbon?"
At last, a book that explains why we're in the show ring! Apr 7, 2003
Cindy Hale's "Riding for the Blue" - hurray! At last a book which captures the very essence of why we, the horse show lovers, are doing exactly that: showing our horses. Hale's prose, combined with Fibelkorn's photos, at last give us the vehicle with which to explain to our non-horsey friends, families and significant others just why we are doing this in the first place. This book is a must-read for the horse lover, the horse shower; the non-horse person will get just as much enjoyment from it. I highly recommend this book.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Lovely Fresh & Appealing Look At Today's Horse Show World Apr 6, 2003
If you love horses you will love this new book put out by Cindy Hale. The writing and photographs are fresh and make you feel you are right there with her interviewing horse people. Four hooves up on this book. Makes a great gift for anyone who loves horses.