About Willow bend Publishing
Willow Bend Publishing was established in 2001 to promote a new ‘tween’ (ages 9-13) book, Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse. With the tremendous success of that first book (to date over 50,000 copies sold, a Breyer Animal Creations model of Blackjack made/sold with a copy of Blackjack, as well as a prestigious ‘Children’s Choices’ award co-sponsored by the International Reading Association), it became clear to us that there was a strong market for good quality, educational horse books that are loaded with action. Blackjack became the first book in the ‘Morgan Horse’ series, a series that has won multiple national awards and accolades. We continue to publish quality horse books that educate while they entertain and are always on the lookout for the next great horse book.
Award-winning author Ellen Feld began writing about horses more than 20 years ago. At first she wrote for small, regional publications, but within a few short years, her work began to appear regularly in large, national magazines. In 2001, while waiting for her next assignment, Ms. Feld wrote a short story about a Morgan. That tale became the first chapter of Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse. The book went on to win a coveted Children's Choices award, an honor bestowed jointly by the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. To date, Ms. Feld has authored ten horse books, including seven in the Morgan Horse series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, eleven horses, and assorted other pets.
To see where Ellen Feld will be appearing next, please visit our events page.
Noted author and illustrator Jeanne Mellin was a well-known Morgan owner, judge, and breeder. She authored numerous books including Pidgy's Surprise, The Complete Morgan Horse, The Morgan Horse Handbook, Ride a Horse, Horses Across the Ages, Horses Across America and Illustrated Horseback Riding for Beginners. With her extensive background in horses, Ms. Mellin also illustrated every one of her books with her beautiful drawings, each one showing her deep knowledge of the equine. Everybody at Willow Bend Publishing deeply misses Ms. Mellin.
Jeanne Newton Schoborg
Jeanne Newton Schoborg is an award-winning equine artist. Her horse portraits hang in several countries throughout the world including Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada. Her unique style and ability to render all breeds of horse in their natural environment or the show ring is highly recognizable and has made her one of the nation's most sought after equine artists. Jeanne is constantly busy in her studio working on commissions as well as her unique, "free-style" and 3-D equine portraits. Her works also include landscapes, seascapes, and surrealism. She and her family live outside Eldora, Iowa along with their horses, cats, and two dogs. To learn more, please visit Jeanne's website at: jnsfineart.com