Description of Blue Ribbon Champ by Marsha Hubler
Joey Klingerman, a visitor at Keystone Stables, has Down syndrome and is very outgoing and talkative. He immediately takes a special liking to Skye, constantly calling her his girlfriend. Embarrassed and furious, Skye begins to treat Joey harshly, but when Bucky, his buckskin horse, comes up lame right before the county fair, Skye is forced to make a big decision. Should she let Joey ride Champ, even though she promised herself no one but her would ever ride him? Skye has to listen to God’s promptings in order to share his love with Joey.
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A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love.
Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his “girlfriend.” Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating.
To add to the frustration, Joey won't stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her.
What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.