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Cherry Hill Receives Her Second Top Hand Award
Colorado, May 31, 2000
Cherry Hill received the 1999 Top Hand Award for Specialty Writing from the Colorado Authors' League for her book 101 Horsemanship and Equitation Patterns, A Western and English Ringside Guide for Practice and Show, Storey Books, 1999. Illustrations are by her husband, Richard Klimesh.
The 8 ½" x 11" comb bound book is a sequel to her highly successful 1995 book, 101 Arena Exercises, A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider which was also a Top Hand Award winner.
Cherry Hill has been a national horse show judge for several breed organizations since 1975. She designed this book to be useful for western and English riders practicing at home and convenient for horse show judges. Each pattern has a detailed arena diagram which can be posted at a horse show. On the facing page, step-by-step instructions guide the rider through the elements of the pattern with Tips and Pattern Help throughout.
The Colorado Authors' League was established in 1931 and has presented Top Hand Awards to the best published fiction and non-fiction books and articles of the year on any subject. The Top Hand Award is one of the most prestigious writing awards in the region. Previous winners represent the best of Western Writers in all fields of writing as judged by their peers. The blue-ribbon panel of judges commented that Cherry's book was "by far the best piece in this category .I didn't know anything about equitation but found this an excellent book."
Originally the awards were a carved figure of a cowboy standing on a book, then hand-carved wooden horses. Although today's Top Hand Awards no longer depict a Cowboy theme, the title of Top Hand is especially appropriate for Cherry Hill, author of 23 books and over 1000 articles on the care and training of horses.
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