Press Release



Local author’s horse becomes her inspiration to encourage other equestrians

Photography by Becky Siler Pearman

Photography by Becky Siler Pearman

Amber H. Massey, author of For the Love of Horses: Everyday Lessons from Life in the Saddle (Harvest House Publishers 2014), uses her inspiration from chasing the dream of endurance riding and the love of her horse to support our local equestrian community. The launch of For the Love of Horses will be held in conjunction with Greenville Foothills Pony Club’s annual fundraiser on October 4, 2014 at Riverbend Equestrian Park located at 175 River Bend Road in Greenville, South Carolina. Amber and her friends from the book will be in attendance with their horses and will sign books from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A local band will add a bit of flavor and fun as they entertain the crowd from11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Writing a book wasn’t a part of Amber’s plan—neither was nearly losing her life at the crest of a waterfall as she clung to her horse, Marquise. Though terrified, she swore not to let go as they both slid closer to the edge. That experience opened her eyes to the special bond she has with her horse, and convinced her of the need to share her story with others who feel the same.

Now a writer-rider, Amber wants to encourage other horse lovers to find truth in the simple things—a day on the trail, a ride in the show ring, or an equine silhouette in the sunset. The opportunity to reach out to equestrians doesn’t end with the written word but has extended to a partnership with three local organizations—Brown Family Ministries, Greenville Foothills Pony Club, and Riverbend Equestrian Park—all of which are also committed to building strength and community among horse lovers in the Upstate.

Carolyn Culbertson, 2011-2013 District Commissioner for the Greenville Foothills Pony Club said it the best when she described the hope behind For the Love of Horses.“Amber’s vision of reaching the equestrian community with her personal stories of growing, learning and overcoming is remarkable. I know this book will reach many hands and touch many hearts.”

Amber has been passionately in love with horses as long as she can remember, and as an adult, she rolled coins to buy her first and only horse—Marquise. When Amber isn’t riding or writing, she works alongside her husband in their family-owned restaurant. Home is a five-acre farm nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains complete with four dogs, one cat, two goats, and of course, Marquise.

Amber wants to connect with you on Facebook, on Twitter @amberhmassey, or at