A US horsewoman’s story about her mother’s Alzheimer’s and her own struggles to become a parent is a finalist in an Italian Equestrian Book Award.
Motherhood: Lost and Found, by Ann Campanella, is a finalist in the awards, “Voices for Horses”. Campanella is a former contributing editor of Horseman Magazine, and has trained horses and taught children and adults dressage and hunter/jumper for much of her life.
Campanella shares the story of how her beloved horse Crimson, a grandson of Secretariat, helps her ride the highs and lows of caring for elderly parents as she yearns to become a mother herself, following a series of miscarriages.
She knows the value of a deep relationship with a horse.
“When my life was falling apart, Crimson steadied me,” she says. “It was as if he absorbed my grief. His gentle, kind presence carried me through some very difficult years.”
Motherhood: Lost and Found, an Amazon Bestseller, was also named a finalist in the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit independent book awards.
Before her mother became ill with Alzheimer’s, Campanella and her husband lived in Houston, Texas, where she rode horses and worked first as the executive editor of a community newspaper, and later as the managing editor of a daily paper. While she enjoyed many aspects of newspaper work, the daily grind of hard news wore her down, and she turned to creative writing projects and spending time with horses.
When she and her husband moved back to North Carolina to be closer to family, they built a barn for Ann’s horse Crimson. She also discovered that Tony Abbott, her old mentor from Davidson College, was teaching poetry classes. Campanella’s writing spirit caught fire under his tutelage. She was honored to win the Poet Laureate Award twice from the North Carolina Poetry Society. But she spent most of her time on her pet project – Motherhood: Lost and Found.
Ann’s daughter is now a teenager, and the family lives on a small horse farm in North Carolina.