About the Author

Photo by Philippa Davin



Sarah Willeman is a rider, horse breeder and writer. She owns and operates Turnabout Farm, breeding and developing top-quality jumpers and western reining horses.

As a hunter-jumper, she was one of the most successful riders of her generation, winning multiple national equitation championships, Open Jumper Grands Prix, and the intercollegiate Individual National Championship. She received the National Horse Show’s Sportsmanship Award and was named Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horseman of the Year, US Equestrian Federation Junior Equestrian of the Year, and Stanford University’s Club Sports Athlete of the Year. She serves on the National Advisory Committee of the US Equestrian Team Foundation.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from NYU, where she taught Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Concord Review, Practical Horseman, Sidelines, Show Circuit, The Chronicle of the Horse, and CAST’s Bookbuilder Project and Google Literacy Project, among other places.

With Grappa, age 29, in December of 2016


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