Horse Sense for Your Characters with @sdwriter: June @OCCRWA Online Class

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June’s OCC/RWA Online Class is Horse Sense for Your Characters


Shannon Donnelly

June 12 – July 7

June 2017 online class banner

About the Class:

Most folks today have limited experience as mounted riders, even less for side saddle, or driving a carriage, or training a horse for the movements once used by knights. This workshop provides some basic horse sense through the ages so your horses act more like characters who enrich your story and less like cars or other inanimate transportation objects.

We will cover:

  • General Horse Sense – Habit and herds: Horse Personality, Basic gaits, Useful Terms
  • Carriage and Riding Horses – What’s the difference?
  • Quick Trip Through History: Ancient Times, Palfrey/Destrier, The West: Knights of the Plains
  • England: Town and Country – Hunting season, ladies’ mounts, side saddle myths, Rotten Row
  • Basic Transport – Times, distances, and comfort, public transport of the coaching era
  • The Racing World – The sport of Kings; The sport of Queen
  • Special Breeds – Arabian, Lippizan, Akhal-Teke, Fresian, Viking’s Horse: Islandic Ponies


About the Instructor:

Shannon Donnelly and Drake

Shannon Donnelly and Drake

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at,, and twitter/sdwriter.

Enrollment Information

This is a 4-week online course that uses email and Yahoo Groups. If you do not have a Yahoo ID you will be prompted to create one when you join the class, but the process is not difficult. The class is open to anyone wishing to participate. The cost is $30.00 per person or, if you are a member of OCCRWA, $20.00 per person.


  • Michelle Griep
    on May 24, 2017

    This sounds like an awesome class! Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda McLaughlin
      on May 24, 2017

      It does. I’ve already signed up.

  • Geralyn Corcillo
    on May 25, 2017

    Wow, Linda! This sure sounds like an interesting class! And you presented it all so with precision and compelling detail! Thanks!

  • Linda McLaughlin
    on May 25, 2017

    That was Shannon. She wrote up the class description. All I did was add text to the graphic and put the blog together. It should be a great class.

  • alinakfield
    on May 25, 2017

    Is the buy link up? Oh, never mind! This is not the chapter website. I’m heading over to sign up now. I have a horse-mad heroine in the story I’m getting ready to send for edits.

  • Linda McLaughlin
    on May 25, 2017

    Oh, dang, did I forget to put the link to the class page in the post? Sorry.

    Perfect timing for you, Mary.

  • marianne h donley
    on May 26, 2017

    I added some links to the post and am including one here.

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