La Duquesa wanted her “one and only” human for as long as she could remember. Maryann Wilcox dreamed about riding a silvery mare bareback across a meadow in the moonlight since she could remember. A tragedy introduced them to each other, but circumstances kept them apart. Maryann’s riding instructor, Ginny Hartley, could see the connection between the rescued horse and the young girl who lived in poverty. Ginny began pulling strings trying to unite a broken family, so she could unite that special horse with her special girl.
Victoria Hardesty has owned, bred and shown Arabian Horses for more than 30 years. She and her husband operated their own training facility serving many young people that loved and showed their own horses. She is the author of numerous articles in horse magazines, was the editor of two Arabian Horse Club newsletters, one of which was given the Communications Award of the Year by the Arabian Horse Association at their national convention. An avid reader from childhood, she read every horse story she could get her hands on.