Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Fashion

Hi there, riding buddies!

Well, a lot has changed since I last posted. My poor horse Fashion developed a condition that made her faint while I was riding her, which became a very dangerous situation! We took a crazy ride through the back country and were coming down a cliff when she flipped over on her side, pinning me under her on the edge of the cliff! I survived, but was scared and had to get 22 stitches in my arm. I was SO glad that I was wearing a helmet. Long story short, I decided to sell my girl after I got some medicine to keep her from fainting. I guess I just became a scaredy cat... can you blame me?

The family that bought Fashion promised to keep her on the medicine and planned to just do light riding, so she went to the perfect home. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, selling my baby, but it was for the best.

Be careful out there, and remember to ALWAYS wear your helmet!

And yes, I miss riding. So tell me about your experiences!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We love the grass!

After so much rain this winter we are ALL enjoying the cool, green grass! Here's Fashion and Riley lounging and munching side by side. We are definitely getting spoiled! What a great way to start a new year. And now that my new website is up and running, I am off to a productive start. You can check it out by going to Let me know what you think. Okay, I'm off and writing! C ya!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hello Del Mar and Carmel Valley!

Hey! Maybe you are visiting this site because you read my article in the Del Mar Times and Carmel Valley News. If you are an adult, tell your daughter(s) to visit here often so they can follow along on my adventures with my cutie-pie horse, Fashion! It is always exciting, sometimes scary, but usually pretty interesting to hear about what goes on behind the scenes on the trails right here in Carmel Valley.

Then.... buy my book for yourself, or a special girl in your life, ages 8- 14!  It is about an eighth grade girl who LOVES horses and really wants to come to Del Mar to compete with her vaulting team. You can see from the photo that vaulting is like trick riding and it is an amazing sport. This photo is actually of my old best friend, Kathy Wright, who was a Gold Medalist a long time ago. She is in my book as my main character's best friend, Brianna. I was so excited to find this picture taken so long ago.

Go to and search for Cry For The Moon by Jayne Haines. Let me know how you like it. Woo hoo!

Friday, September 30, 2011

My first book signing!

Yay! I'll be doing my first book signing event up in LA next week for Cry For The Moon! It is going to be held at an investment firm for their employees. Wish me well, as I am geared up to speak to kids about this book... not adults necessarily!

Wednesday's miracle

I had a real scare on Wednesday during a ride with my riding buddy, Mika. She was on her 5-yr-old Tenessee Walker, Cassanova. That's them in the picture on the left. We were coming down from a trail that's carved out of the mountainside about 150 feet above a golf course. Anyway, we were on a pretty steep descent on a 6' wide portion of the trail and Mika's horse fell on his face and rolled over on top of her! He had her pinned underneath him, unable to get his footing to upright himself because he was almost on his back. The only thing holding them both from rolling backwards down the cliff was a 2' metal and mesh fence. I dismounted, without a clue as to what to do and called 911. Mika was understandably hysterical. Paramedics came and didn't know what to do either. By this time, Mika was in a real panic, having lost the feeling in her left leg. She told the paramedics to shoot her horse so they could get it off of her.They asked me to back my horse up, which was actually calming Mika's horse down, because as soon as I did, her horse started thrashing. She was screaming and getting beaten up down there. It was horrible. her horse ended up rolling over top of her, crushing the fence. They both fell down the cliff, but Mika managed to be slowed by some brush about eight feet down, her horse broke free and continued to plummet down the steep cliff about 100 feet. Miraculously.... Mika escaped serious injury! Just twisted her knee and bruised her shoulder and a lot of places on her body. I'll tell you though, it was a good thing she had a helmet on because the horse's weight broke her helmet in two. After Mika was carted off to the ER, the trainer from our ranch came to get the horse. With his breast collar holding his saddle around his neck, he was caught up in a tree and had his bridle entangled in some branches. It took three hours to get him loose. And just like Mika, he was uninjured! So, that is the latest drama. I hope that you guys are safe on trail, and I know they look dorky, but those helmets save lives.
I'll be riding very flat, easy trails for a while. And so will Mika! EEK!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Exciting news about my new book!

I am so excited to have retained Joy Chu to design the new cover for my book, Cry For The Moon! My book will be available in print from next month, just in time for the holidays! So, hurry up Joy, let's get this cover designed so that all of my readers will have something fun to read while they take a break from school. Woot!