Sharon Gates Shares an Impassioned Account of ‘A Life With Horses’

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A heartwarming story that imparts the message of dignity, grace, patience, courage and humility learned in the company of horses.

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Part memoir and part love story, “A Life With Horses” (published by Trafford Publishing) is an impassioned account of the many ways horses have nourished a woman’s spirit on her ever-changing life journey. It follows over 60 years of author Sharon Gates’ life through childhood, school years, two marriages, two divorces and single motherhood all in the company of horses from her earliest memories in the Coteau Hills of Saskatchewan to her home in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia.

The story begins with a daydream, followed by a brief overview of the author’s parents and grandparents on the family ranch in Saskatchewan. The first part of the book relates childhood memories of growing up with horses on the ranch, the second with marriage, children, riding on a Community Pasture and the barrel racing circuit.

Managing a horse training and coaching business in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia provides many stories for the remainder of the book, along with showing and trail riding experiences. In part five, broodmares and foals take center stage. Woven through the stories is a thread of horse love, a connection to horses that will not be broken. Throughout changes in home, family and location, horses (sometimes the same one) provide stability.

“A Life With Horses” is a heartwarming story that imparts to readers the message of dignity, grace, patience, courage and humility learned in the company of horses. It is a well-written account that lets readers live the experiences with the author.

“A Life With Horses”
By Sharon Gates
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781425179878
e-book | 360 pages | ISBN 9781425179885
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author

Sharon Gates is a horse breeder, horse trainer and riding coach who love to write. Born into a ranch life in Saskatchewan, and raised with horses, she turned to the horse business in the ‘70s to earn a living for herself and her children – which led to editing newsletters and writing horse training articles, poems, and anecdotal pieces about horses. Gates has ranched, barrel raced, trail ridden, and shown horses in four provinces of Canada and the United States. Today, she operates Wildwood Reining Horses in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, where she breeds, trains and shows reining horses.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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