My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

Deanie believes in the power of perseverance because you may achieve much more than you ever imagined if you refuse to give up on your dreams. She strives to encourage every child to do their best, set goals and follow their passions.

Here are excerpts from the back of the book and recent reviews:



“My Life at Sweetbrier is a wonderful book about courage and determination and succeeding despite difficult circumstances. Three generations of my family learned to ride at Sweetbrier Farm. Deanie and her family taught me both horse and life lessons that I will never forget and inspired me to go on and own a farm of my own and teach others to ride. I plan to have all my students read this inspirational book. ”

~ Jill Kulmann, owner of Epic Farm, Middlefield, CT


” Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a champion…”Had little Deanie been satisfied with just observing her sisters and other girls partake in horse show competitions, no one would have faulted her. After all, Deanie was diagnosed early in life with cerebral palsy and was not even expected to walk. Yet the remarkable Deanie defied her doctors and their predictions! Determination, incredible willpower, and perseverance as well as an amazingly supportive family, propelled young Deanie to amazing success.”

“My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses” is a touching, inspirational, and uplifting true story beautifully told by the heroine herself. Highly recommended for children of all ages.”

~Amazon review by Sarah Mazor

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