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The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse

by Victoria Shade

Release Date: 10/4/2016

ISBN: 9780997237771 | eBook ISBN: 9780997237764

A true story of sparing a life and learning to dance.

As a young girl, Victoria’s world is peppered with chaos after her parents’ divorce and abusive father. To find stability, Victoria throws herself into the world of dressage, a sport that tests the unity of horse and rider as they engage in what can only be called dancing. She finds a sense of calm in the stables near her New York home.

When Victoria meets Moonshine, an ex-racehorse saved from years of neglect and a future in the slaughterhouse, she despairs at having to ride such a difficult and ill-tempered horse. Victoria is discouraged about competing at the highest levels of dressage with a “slaughter horse” like Moony. They must compete against horses bred solely for the sport that the judges praise and favor, and Victoria begins to question her dreams.

As she comes of age, and as she and Moonshine train together and get to know one another, Victoria teaches the horse to trust, and Moony teaches Victoria the importance of perseverance and heart. Horse and rider drastically change the course of each other’s lives in this true life story of overcoming adversity and believing in yourself, no matter how hard the road.


A fantastic read! I highly recommend to anyone who loves horses. It strengthened my belief that with enough love and patience, nearly any horse can become a champion!
— Sue McDonough, The New York State Humane Association
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About Victoria Shade

Victoria Shade spent her early years competing in dressage, a sport that tests the unity of horse and rider. During her years of college and law school, she earned her U.S.D.F. Bronze and Silver medals and competed in the Regional Championships. Victoria then met her future husband, Brian, another horse-lover.

After college, Victoria went on to graduate law school, and is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She focuses on animal law and personal injury protection. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Animal Law Committee, as well as the Animal Law Committee’s Legislative subcommittee. Victoria also sits on the board of the Hudson Valley SPCA, is a member of the ASPCA’s Horse Action Team, and is an attorney member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Victoria now lives with her family on a horse farm, Moon Shade Farm.