Christine Meunier is here to discuss her upcoming release, Horse Country.
Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her. She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.
She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies and is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Equine Science via distance education.
Christine has worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland for a breeding season.
She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.
Particularly passionate about the world of breeding horses, she teaches equine studies focused on breeding, at a TAFE, Victoria, Australia.
She also writes a blog about equine education which you can view at http://equus-blog.com.
Christine Meunier has lived a life breathing, dreaming and working with horses in the thoroughbred industry in Australia and has also travelled overseas to work in the industry. Horse Country takes her own personal experiences woven into a story about four young women studying and working in the horse industry.
Follow Lise and Wes as they work their way around North East Victoria, Australia in the seasonal world of breeding thoroughbreds. Horse Country follows the seasons of the thoroughbred industry and what the day to day of working on a stud could look like.
A few hours away, Maddie and Melanie are working hard in their parent’s metropolitan riding school, teaching others about horse riding and care of the horse. From the nervous first time rider, to the child who wants to run fast and jump high, the young women shape lessons to suit the individual.
Horses offer a great opportunity to study, learn, work and develop an incredible career around the world. Set in Australia, this novel shows that the land down under is indeed a Horse Country.
About The Book
What was the inspiration behind this story?
It seems to me that there is a misconception regarding horses and being able to generate a career. I love opening people’s eyes to the possibilities of working with horses around the world – the characters you can meet, the skills you can learn, the income you can earn, the travel you can do!
A lot of events that occurred whilst I was ‘playing horses’ I would tell my parents and my mother would comment: ‘are you writing these down? You should put it in a book!’ So I did!
Tell us about your main character.
There are four women that Horse Country focuses on: two who work in the thoroughbred breeding industry, and two who teach at a horse riding school. Each are extremely passionate about horses, learning and caring for them.
Lise is a down to earth country girl who loves working hard; Wes is a growing youth who is learning about the industry and gaining confidence in it; Melanie is straight forward and the most sensible; Madison is arrogant, cheeky and full of energy.
Which is your favorite minor character and why?
I’d have to say Declan (I love the Irish accent!). He’s got a great sense of humour and doesn’t let life become too serious.
Were you surprised by the behavior of any of your characters or the direction of your plot at any point while writing?
Perhaps yes. Declan never seemed to do what I thought he would (or what Lise wanted) but I think it built up the story to be better.
Please share a few favorite lines or one paragraph.
“You know what I’ve decided mum? From now on, I’ll have them all call me Wes.”
“Wez?” her mother clarified.
”W. E. S – work experience slave. None of them could remember my name and I fear it’ll be the same for each of my placements,” she stated cheerfully.
Horse Country is due to be released on July 1st.
I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Christine and explore her world of horses.
Thanks for reading.