Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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98 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 S By Jennifer Weeks tarlit is the main character of author and illustrator Stacy Ein- falt's first children's book, The Horse that Looked Different. He is a black Appaloosa with a colorful blanket that is bullied and ostracized by the herd of horses in his new home because of his looks. In the end, of course, Starlit saves the day and is accept- ed into his new herd who have come to appreciate his differences. Stacy was inspired to write her first book one day while watch- ing her Appaloosa mare, Gotcha, peacefully grazing in the pas- ture. The words just started coming to her and she ran to her car for a notebook. There, sitting by the pasture, her first children's story came to her. Stacy recalls thinking that by comparing the Appaloosa, known for it's colorful coat pattern and striped hooves, to the solid Quarter Horse, she could share a positive message with children that no one should be judged or bullied because of how they look. Stacy started riding horses at the age of 8 at the farm of Gay- le Matson Kozak. She started riding lesson horses and showing on the local show circuit. After graduating from a pony, the first Appaloosa horse she showed was "Cedar" (Blue Bayou Bolero). She showed Cedar on the Penn Jersey show circuit for a number of years until she purchased her own Appaloosa named Gotcha (Sonny Gotcha Beat). Stacy showed Gotcha on the Appaloosa cir- cuit and the pair excelled in Showmanship and Equitation classes. After a few life changes, including a move to Texas, Stacy re- turned home to Pennsylvania and started to work for Gayle Mat- son Kozak as an assistant farm manager. She returned to the show pen with the help of the Tsihlis family, showing their daughter Kailie's horse Vinnie (Zipped in Color) at the 2002 National Ap- paloosa Horse Show. After Gotcha's death in 2012, Stacy has focused on her writing career. Stacy didn't always want to be a writer, but she has always wanted to be an illustrator. After a few illustrating ventures that didn't bear fruit, she focused on her children's books. Stacy not only writes the books but also illustrates them. Stacy's brother is the inspiration for the focus of her books, which is bullying. Her brother was bullied in school and she saw the impact this had on him. She starts all her books with a storyline that is compatible Starlit: the Appaloosa Who Combats Bullying with a positive message against bullying. After crafting her story, she moves on to illustrating, her favorite part of the creative pro- cess. Stacy does all her illustration by hand which means that the book creation process can take months at a time. With the help of a good friend, the illustrations and the text are digitized, and the book goes off to print. Stacy attributes many aspects of her success as a writer and illustrator to her time riding and showing Appaloosa horses. "I feel that having Appaloosas horses in my life from a young age has influenced a lot of great qualities in me that I not only use when working towards my writing goals, but in my day to day life as well. Training, caring for, and showing Appaloosas has taught me about being responsible, having patience, compassion, and the value of hard work and commitment. One of the most important lessons it has taught me is that no matter how hard things get, you should never give up on your dreams!" Stacy's book titles include: The Hose that Looked Different; Be Buddies, Not Bullies; Logan & The Lonesome Moose and Go Team! Her fifth book is underway. All of Stacy's children's books can be purchased on Amazon.com.

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