The Real People and Animals Behind
the Sonrise Stable Characters

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sonrise stable characters
(horses' names above are in parentheses)

kezzie of sonrise stable

Kezzie - Kezzie's registered name is Keziah's Jubilee. I was present at her birth and raised and trained her myself. The name, Keziah, is the name of one of Job's daughters in the Old Testament and Jubilee comes from her pedigree. Kezzie is a Racking Horse, a gaited breed. She is a very friendly, good-natured horse and has been used for 4-H, trail riding and parades.

sonrise stable scamper

Scamper - His name in real life is Kody. When I first wrote the scene where he was born, we didn't own Kody yet. We were looking for a horse for my daughter and the first one we looked at was Kody. He looked exactly like the foal I had just written about in the book. Julie has trained Kody to do about everything - western pleasure, english, jumping, competitive trail, and parades. He is very versatile! Kody is one quarter draft, one quarter Amish work horse and half Paint.

sonrise stable bandit

Bandit - Bandit is a fictional horse, whose appearance is based on a palomino mare we owned named Maggie. Maggie was my oldest daughter, Lisa's horse. Maggie is absolutely the calmest horse I have ever seen. She will literally go anywhere or through anything without blinking an eye. She was a favorite during many of our Christian Cowgirl Club sessions. Maggie is now 25 (2011), doesn't show her age, and is still doing very well.

sonrise stable jet

Jet - Jet is a fictional pony. In order to make the time frame and size work for the books, I created her as the daughter of a pony, Ebony, that all my daughters learned to ride on. Jet's personality is the same as Ebony's, although she is a little larger. Ebony is a 47" black pony with a couple very small spots that would qualify her as a pinto. She is also gaited. If I could pick my ideal horse, it would be Ebony in a larger version.

vicki watson author sonrise stable horse series

Vicki Watson - I am the author of the Sonrise Stable series. The books are based on true experiences with the horses I have owned over the years. I am the grandmother in the book, although I do not yet have any grandchildren. I have loved horses as long as I can remember and God has taught me many things through my experiences and relationships with horses.

lisa

Lisa - Lisa is my oldest daughter. She rode Ebony briefly when we first got the pony, before outgrowing her, then received Maggie for her thirteenth birthday. Lisa was homeschooled from third grade through high school and is now a nurse.

Her husband and children in the books are fictional.

kristy

Kristy - My middle daughter rode Ebony for many years before reluctantly passing her down to Julie. Kristy then received a Racking Horse mare, Satin, who is the mother of Kezzie. Kristy was homeschooled for all grades and is now working as an American Sign Language interpreter. Her husband and children in the books are fictional.

julie

Julie - Julie is my youngest. She also rode and adored Ebony. She had other hand-me-down horses, until she received Kody (Scamper) in 2008. She is still active in 4-H and enjoys riding english as well as western, jumping, and competitive trail riding. She will become a homeschool graduate this year (2011). Her husband and children in the books are also fictional.

june bug

June Bug - This very unique cat appears in the second book. She is a bobtailed calico and began life as the most adorable kitten. Now she is cranky and temperamental, but never boring!

tick

Tick - otherwise known as JJ. This Rottweiler puppy joined our family in April, 2011. She also joins the cast of Sonrise Stable in book two. Her character will continue to be developed as her personality becomes better established.

jemimah katy

 

Jemimah and Katy - These are two of our barn cats. I think we currently have seven outdoor cats. Our barn seems to be a magnet for all the stray cats in the vicinity. Jemimah and Katy are sisters who arrived as tiny kittens tucked into a depression under a hay bale in a load of hay we purchased a few years ago. They were very young and had to be bottle fed.

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rosie and carrie

 

Rosie and Carrie - Although I am looking forward to having grandchildren, none of my daughters are married yet. I have no grandchildren right now. Rosie is the fictional daughter of Kristy. Carrie becomes her friend in the first book. The character of Carrie was influenced by the Steffens family, our neighbors when I was young. They adopted and fostered children.

Two homeschooled girls posed on our horses for photos that the artist used as a reference for the illustrations of the girls.

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