Making it to the equitation finals is all that's preoccupied seventeen-year old Talia Margolin and her half sister, Greer Swope, for the last five years.
Time is running out. Their last trainer fired, the new one arrives.But Lockie Malone isn't like other trainers. He's not going to teach them to how to ride but how to live.
Is there life beyond their last junior year?
|Talia Margolin doesn't want to be judged and quickly learns the show ring isn't the only place she'll be tested. The challenges Talia faces now that Lockie Malone is the trainer at Bittersweet Farm stack up like cord wood. Her half-sister, Greer, is making the transition to jumper rider more easily than Talia can switch to dressage. Talia's former boyfriend, Josh, grows closer to Lockie and confides secrets he won't share with her. Then there's the hunter pace looming ahead. Talia wonders if her life can get more difficult.|
|"Surprise!" Greer's mother says with her unannounced arrival. What Victoria Swope is doing in town is a mystery but they soon find out and no one is pleased. When Greer demands to be home-schooled with Talia, the lessons at Bittersweet Farm aren't restricted to dressage, cross-country and show jumping. If the half-sisters can't get along, one of them will be sent abroad to finish high school. Unable to bear leaving the farm's trainer, Lockie Malone, or her horse, CB, Talia grits her teeth and tries to move forward. It's soon obvious that everyone at the farm faces changes and challenges. Solving them is difficult and maybe impossible.|
|Greer Swope has something to prove. But even she doesn't quite know what. Always believing that even if she was good enough for nothing else, she was good enough on a horse. History hasn't borne that out. Now Greer's left equitation and hunter classes behind for show jumping but it won't happen overnight. It might even take the help of a new trainer. Enter Cameron Rafferty whose horse is lame, who was fired from his last job and who wants the newest Bittersweet prospect. He's one of the top riders and he is a player. Can Greer handle her horse, Counterpoint, and Cam Rafferty, too? Talia can only look on at what might be the latest train wreck.|
|With snow falling and the holiday season approaching, Lockie, Greer and Cam head to Florida to prepare for the winter show circuit, leaving Talia home. While receiving help at the farm from an unexpected source, Talia's on her own managing Victoria Rowe's serial emergencies. Her life takes a turn toward the Bows and Braids set as Tali suddenly has ponies and little girls to train. Can ponies help Tali take Bittersweet Farm to the next level of competition? Will they replace those people Tal misses so desperately?|
|In Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival, Greer couldn't have imagined that doing the right thing would lead to so many complications. For Talia, she finds that doing the right thing has a cost. This is a time of changes for everyone. The direction they were going in on New Year's Day, is not where they are one month later. For some, that's a good thing. For some, it's not.|
|There comes a time when the deepest secrets can't be kept any longer. Cam knew Greer's secret before anyone else. Even with their contentious connection always going flat out, Cam didn't need to be told. The revelation shocks, disturbs, explains. Greer isn't the only one with secrets left unsaid and Talia wonders if she's the only person at Bittersweet Farm with nothing to hide.|
|Spring has arrived and with it new horses, new challenges and old adversaries. As Talia's birthday approaches, her way forward is less certain than Greer's vision of her future. No matter how much Greer takes on, she manages to handle all of it, from the Ambassador of Good Cheer to organizing a horse show. Unfortunately, Greer can't manage Cam as easily. What Lockie has avoided saying for months can't go unsaid any longer and he chooses to have the talk after her eighteenth birthday party. Talia's first question is "Are you leaving?"|
|"Did you stay overnight with Sloane? That shouldn't be such a hard question to answer!" "Why do you want to know?" Cam and Greer can't stop fighting and while it's tearing Greer up, it doesn't seem to affect Cam at all. Spring has arrived, fresh in all ways, with it an unexpected addition to the farm and an expected departure. As ever, Victoria is not without her surprises or her style of revenge. New opportunities are presented to Talia but she hesitates. Neither she nor Lockie are clear about the direction the farm should take and any choice means giving up something else.|
|Horses and riders come and go. Unfortunately, Greer's nemesis, Nicole Boisvert, who has a special affection for trainers, decides to stay and focus her attentions on Cam. Talia and CB grow together as a team, Greer finds increasing confidence in some areas and complete insecurity in others. One pony becomes an unexpected rock star and Whiskey, finally sound after many months, competes at his first show and has a life-changing experience. Victoria, and Andrew, both have surprises that impact everyone.|
|A couple who should have been together forever calls it quits. An uninvited visitor arrives and turns life upside down. An interview has surprising ramifications and, days away from the Miry Brook Hunt Club show, Greer and Talia take a trip. There is more excitement at Miry Brook than anyone counted on and a resolution to a long-standing issue.|
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