Author of four historical novels and RITA finalist, Judith Stanton first imagined equestrian triumphs on her grand-daddy’s persnickety black Shetland pony and balky donkey, her daddy’s mule, even the milk cows. At nine, riding bareback with only a halter, she taught her pinto Blaze to jump hay bales. During a career as a scholar, professor, technical writer and fiction editor, she kept fit riding three-day eventers. She now celebrates her favorite sport in fiction, doing her most daring riding ever on the page. Judith lives in North Carolina, where she and her husband tend to her elderly equine friends and a steady stream of rescued cats. She’s a proud owner of Satisfaction (“Simon”), a fancy young eventing prospect ridden by Nate Chambers.