About the Author

Photo by Philippa Davin



Sarah Willeman Doran is a certified life coach, mindfulness meditation teacher, and practitioner of Natural Lifemanship, a model of equine-assisted learning that helps people build connected relationships and overcome stress and trauma. She also owns and operates Turnabout Farm, breeding and developing top-quality jumpers and western reining horses.

A former showjumping rider, she was one of the most successful horsemen 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.

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 writing 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.

She lives in Colorado.

With Grappa, age 29, in December of 2016


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