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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.

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Ellen Feld

Award-winning author Ellen Feld began writing about horses more than 20 years ago. At first she wrote for small, regional magazines, but within a few short years, her work began to appear regularly in large, national publications. 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 (as did the second book in the series, Frosty), an honor bestowed jointly by the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council.  The book was also picked up by Breyer Animal Creations to be sold with a model of the star of the story, Blackjack. To date, Ms. Feld has authored fourteen horse books, including seven in the Morgan Horse series. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, twelve horses, and assorted other pets.

To see where Ellen Feld will be appearing next, please visit our events page.


Jeanne Mellin


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. 

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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:


John Cebula

John Cebula, photographer for What Can I Do? A Donkey-Donk Story, Horse Show! A Donkey-Donk Story, What Does A Police Horse Do? as well as the forthcoming Take A Hike! A Donkey-Donk Story and What Does A Police Dog Do? has been a life-long resident of upstate New York.  He has been involved in photography since the age of 12.  His primary photographic interests have been nature and animal photography.  In addition, John has spent the last few decades breeding, raising and photographing Clydesdale horses. For the last three years, John has been monitoring and photographing a bald eagle nest for the New York Capital Region Audubon Society.  He has also made two trips to Chincoteague Island in the past year to photograph the Chincoteague ponies and birds, with plans to return again in the near future to get some great shots for another book project with author Ellen Feld.

Chincoteague ponies photographed by John Cebula

Chincoteague ponies photographed by John Cebula

Great Blue Herons photographed by John Cebula

Great Blue Herons photographed by John Cebula

Eastern Bluebird photographed by John Cebula

Eastern Bluebird photographed by John Cebula