Karen Donley-Hayes at The Learned Owl [7/1]
Join the Learned Owl in welcoming Karen Donley-Hayes on Saturday July 1st from 1-3pm. Karen will be signing her memoir, Falling Off Horses
-Karen and Lash meet as teenagers and form an immediate bond over their mutual love for horses. Year later, Lash marries, and she and her husband locate their dream acreage for building a home and an equestrian facility, only Lash's dream isn't complete if she can't convince Karen to risk everything in a purchase of the adjoining property. Karen eventually gambles it all, and together, she and Lash weather countless falls from horses, a roller coaster of love losses and triumphs, the emotional pitfalls of equestrian breeding and competing-and finally, a heartbreaking diagnosis of a fatal illness.
"A tender story of an unforgettable friendship bound by love and passion for horses, Karen Donley-Hayes's beautifully written memoir is sure to move anyone who reads it." Anne Clermont, author of Learning to Fall, the 2020 General Horse Fiction Winner at the Equus Film and Arts Festival
"Karen Donley-Hayes has penned a timely and inspirational memoir about friendship and love. Her writing gives us humor, horses, lovers and friends, but more, it invites us to explore exactly what it means to be human and why we need each other." Jon R. Kerstetter, M.D., Col MC FS, Iowa Army National Guard (retired), award-winning author of Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story