Claudia's Five-dollar Horse Author:Natlee Kenoyer Perfect book for the assertive horse lover — Author's bio from 2008: — Natlee Kenoyer, a Sonoma County equestrian and author, is presented with the Equus Award for living a joyful life surrounded by horses, as a role model for all who dream of horses. Natlee says she's "a Californian, by birth and by choice." She was born in Modesto on March 1, 19... more »07, and just turned 102 years old a few weeks ago.
Natlee's love of horses began when she was 7 and she first rode a burro through Golden Gate Park. And she loved watching the fire horses rushing their water wagons down busy city streets. At the time, San Francisco was still recovering from the destructive earthquake and fire of 1906. Natlee's father bought her a pony when she was 8. Their next-door neighbor gave her a book about riding and said, "Here, read this. I'm tired of watching you fall off that horse." She rode her pony to and from school. Natlee says, "I'd go anyplace a horse would take me." She moved to Sonoma County in the 1960s. Natlee already had a successful career in nursing, but knew she needed to work with horses full time. She trained horses at the Smith Ranch on Highway 12 and at the Perriman Ranch in Geyserville.
In 1975, Natlee started her own riding school, the "K-5 Ranch." There, she gave riding instruction in English, Western, dressage, jumping, trail riding and gymkhana. She has judged horse shows at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Natlee has authored many articles for horse publications and is a member of the Western Writers of America. She has written ten books about horses, including Three Children and a Firehorse, which became a Literary Guild selection. She also authored Gymkhana Games and A Beginner's Guide to the Western Horse. Natlee Kenoyer is a renaissance horsewoman, a part of Sonoma County's equestrian foundation, and is currently writing her autobiography at her residence in Windsor.