A Touching Story shared with
From time to time I will be posting some of the deeply touching emails and letters 'Kitty' receives. Mail from people around the country that tell of the 'miraculous' events that have touched their lives. They attribute Kitty's miraculous story, 'Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story', that gave them hope when all seemed lost; that all things are possible with the BOSS!
The following email was received from Jennifer Klinkel, Everett, WA regarding a heart wrenching story of her beloved Aussie, Little J.
' I was given your book, signed, months ago. . As it turns out it may have been on purpose to prepare me for something that was going to happen.
A person came on my property and accidentally knocked over my Australian Shepherd, 'Little J' . . . Little J couldn't right himself before being plowed over. He was literally pinned under the hot exhaust system and burning to death. I tried to free him and was bitten many times. My husband Don, had to pull us apart, and he also was bitten. My husband had the presence of mind to jack up the car with both Little J and I screaming.
I went by ambulance to the hospital and Little J was taken screaming in pain to the emergency vet. Little J was diagnosed with 3rd degree burns to his entire left hip and was not able to stand. He had sustained a spinal fracture near the base of his tail. The vertebrae had completely cracked with one half positioned under the other. The nerves in that spinal area feed the ability to walk, wag his tail, and control bladder and bowel function.
I know I was given your book at a time I needed it and I was prepared for what was coming my way. Little J is learning to walk again, he is still weak but, we do believe he is heading into full recovery. I told my husband this morning that Little J has been given back to us.
Today the burn is almost healed. Miraculously, the nerve functions just started working one day, a few weeks ago and he never messes in the house, he waits to go outside. Yesterday he actually was able to lift his leg to pee . . it was so sweet to watch!
I cannot thank our Heavenly Father God or you enough. I am so excited about what seems a joyful sort of explosion of the spreading of your powerful message with the story of Kitty Silverwings ! You have done a beautiful job of maintaining the integrity and power of the story. Thank You!
There just aren’t words that could possibly convey our gratitude and appreciation for Dann Lemmerand, CEO & Publisher of The Mulligan Magazine, a Christian publication based in Clarkston, Michigan. Beginning with his May-June inaugural issue through his current Sept/Oct edition, he has afforded ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings’ some incredibly special placement in all three issues of his highly acclaimed Christian Golf Magazine. Some of you may be wondering how in the heck a golf magazine would relate to our wonderful world of horses. Well, let me just say this about that. During my years working with, and exhibiting show horses many of the equine trainer/coaches I had occasion to meet liked being outdoors and if they weren’t siting astride their favorite horse they likely were toting around a bag of clubs participating in a round or two of golf with friends and family .
Bearing that in mind, the golfers in your life might truly appreciate your mention, or a gift of a subscription to The Mulligan Magazine. I know you’ll sure be glad you did, and I know Dann Lemmerand and the folks over at The Mulligan magazine would sure appreciate it.
Are you ready for another Kitty Silverwings Miracle?
Five times a year my publisher, Xulon Press, produces a beautiful 95 page, glossy, full color Christian Book Browser (catalog) that is sent to 10,000 buyers that include libraries, bulk buyers, independent retail outlets, universities and other institutions . . . .
And then the most incredible thing happened
I was selected for the center fold, 'Featured Author Spotlight!
WOW, Another divine, miraculous turn of events . . . Speechless (almost)
Press Release 9/2/2015
Promises to Kitty
During Kitty’s darkest hours; when no one believed that this severely deformed filly born on a Tuesday, would ever see the light of Sunday. With all the odds stacked against her, she displayed incredible courage and a powerful will to live as she endured the hardships. Not once did she hint at giving up her battle. I prayed constantly and refused to heed the calls of the naysayers who constantly called for her immediate destruction. She wasn’t giving up, how could I? Deep inside I already knew a great truth; I didn’t believe in miracles, I relied on them.
During Kitty’s first week of life I made her 3 promises;
#1: That one day soon she would walk and that she would overcome all of her disabilities if she remained brave and believed me. And then she walked.
#2: That a time would come when she would become a Champion show horse. She believed in me and was fearless. She won those honors with great distinction.
#3: That she would one day become a Breyer Horse Model! And so she has!
I received a call from T J Hurst of Jonesboro, Louisiana asking if I would consent to her creating a model of Kitty Silverwings. My dignified response was “ARE YOU KIDDING ME”! All I could think was that my 3rd promise was making a grand entrance!
What a ride Kitty and I have had! No denying our blessings of the truck load of miracles ~ and with each and every one of those miracles, all the glory goes to BOSS!
Model by T.J. Hurst of Jonesboro, Louisiana. A promise kept..
Front (trotting): Breyer Kitty ~ Back (standing), Peter Stone Kitty
The models showing the 'battle' wounds. That's amazing detail.
Kitty was born completely crippled. This is one of her battle scars from those early days.
The inside fetlock scar is white. It doesn't look like much here but it actually resembles a little cave. If you put your thumb over this 'white' scar it sinks perfectly into this scar.
Another battle wound: This 'black' scar was caused when her only means of getting around was to hobble around on the face of her fetlock. Then a miracle happened literally overnight and she was able to use her hoof as the BOSS intended.
T.J. with her beloved, 19 year old Appaloosa gelding Pokey.
About the artist:
T. J. Hurst, hails from Jonesboro, Louisiana and is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and began her life long career as a graphic artist in 1973. She retired in 2011 and it was then that she began painting 3-D images of Appaloosa legends in the form of model horses. T. J. works with both the Breyer and Peter Stone models and admits that she doesn't just paint any old boring brown horses, she loves the challenge of painting the famous Appaloosa of color. T. J. and her beautiful master-works of detail have been featured in the Appaloosa Journal on four separate occasions over the past two years.
‘War Horse” by Tina Skates, Novato, CA
Kitty Silverwings by Tina Skates
of Novato, CA . . . Just Beautiful
Silverwings on high
Kitty Silverwings sponsors
68th Appaloosa Nationals
& 2015 Youth World Show
Fort Worth, Texas
Sponsoring all three divisions of the Heritage Classes at one of the Appaloosa Horse Clubs premiere events in 2015, seemed a perfect match for The Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings and her fabled Nez Perce legacy.
Competition in the Heritage Classes can be very competitive owing to the fact that all costumes and artifacts must be absolutely authentic. The classes themselves have always garnered great interest among spectators and Appaloosa enthusiasts alike. They serve as a tribute and living history lesson representing our Native American heritage and the legendary Appaloosa horse dating back for centuries on the North America continent.
Presenting Our Champions:
MEN’S HERITAGE: William ‘Bill’ Snyder, riding ‘Death Wish’, owned by IB Stables of Noblesville, Indiana, was the persona of an 1800’s, Nez Perce Chief, ‘Blue Horse’. Some of Blue Horse's treasured items were a 1963 Enfield rifle and a 1776 Bowie knife.
LADIES HERITAGE: Iris Snyder of Noblesville, Indiana, aboard Eternal Peace, owned by John & Jenny Bradley of Crown Point, Indiana. Iris, ‘She Who Loves Horses’ Snyder was the epitome of an 1860’s Nez Perce woman wearing her finest during a tribal horse parade. A few of ‘She Who Loves Horses’ prized possessions included 1800’s corn husk flat bags and hat as well as a much coveted Nez Perce beaded purse.
YOUTH HERITAGE: Robert Pratt of Zionsville, Indiana riding Night Flash, made a memorable showing as ‘Running Horse’ a Nez Perce, teenager. Some of Running Horses favored possessions were a hoop and arrow game and what would be called a lacrosse stick and ball, all tribal games traditional to boys of his age.
Each of our champions received an autographed copy of, ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story’ by Patti Ansuini
2015 Western States Horse Expo
Patti with Robin Hutton, Author of Sargent Reckless,
New York Times Best Seller, 2014 Horse Book of the Year.
The Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, CA., can only be described as amazing! The event ran from June 4-7th. We bumped into a lot of old friends and met some great new ones! Our booth’s centerpiece was a 40” monitor which displayed Kitty’s movie continuously throughout the event. The response to the movie was at times pretty emotional for many who came by the booth. Lots of hugs and more than a few tears. Those that have been with me at the book signings always come away stunned at the passionate responses and comments they’d heard. All have admitted that it more than restores your faith in humanity. I couldn’t agree more.
The 2015 run of Book Expo America held at the Javitts Center in New York City, was host to 32,000 publishers, authors agents, journalists, Booksellers Association (Independent Publishers). Touted as the leading book and author event for the North American Publishing Industry. Kitty Silverwings (Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story), was one of my publisher's (Xulon Press) featured books. My agent reported that ‘Kitty’s’ story generated inquires and interest. Apparently that amazing cover does tend to attract attention and in turn generated interest and inquires. Kitty’s display banner was 8’ tall, that probably didn’t hurt either!
The Amazon best seller, ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story’ will be featured by our publisher, Xulon Press, during the run of the 2015 ‘Book Expo America’. If you’re near New York City in late May, you can contact the Javits Center in New York City, New York, where tickets are on currently on sale for this, the largest event of it’s kind in the United States. Exact dates of this premiere event are Weds May 27- Friday May 29. The event is expected to host in excess of 30,000 book buyers representing major bulk retailers, libraries, schools and other types of media from around the globe. Every publisher of note will be in attendance.
‘The book’ will be highly visible as our publisher has secured a booth at the entrance to this prestigious event . Suspended above the Xulon booth will be a ‘Kitty Silverwings’ banner nearly 7’ by 40” that will be highly visible to attendees at the center. I have been informed by Xulon’s managing supervisor, that banners normally feature just the book cover, but an exception was made in ‘Kitty’s’ case with the addition of; ‘'As featured in Guideposts Magazine’ and winner of a Christian Writers Award. During the course of the call my publisher also informed me that the Christian Writers Award, had been earned by the book after being judged against 15,000 other titles! But wait there’s more; the current stats provided by the printing house reported that the book was selling at a brisk 10 books a day! GOD is great!
From Amazon’s author central: It is exciting to note that at one point on Amazon, ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story’ was #2 on the best seller list in 2 separate divisions. Topping those amazing American sales numbers was New York City followed by Los Angeles. GOD has blessed Kitty and me far beyond what mere words could ever convey.
Through a ‘Miraculous’ set of circumstances, a new Christian themed Golf publication, The Mulligan Magazine has introduced it’s inaugural issue with it’s May/June edition. We were offered an opportunity to place an ad in this highly anticipated publication, but I was a little slow on the draw and the ad sold before I could get back to them. I expressed my disappointment at missing my opportunity to the rep of Mulligans who apparently went back to their publisher. They reviewed the ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings ad and decided to place the full color ad on a quarter page (upper right hand corner) in the middle of a story run! As if that weren’t enough, the ad is the only color on two pages of black and white editorial! All of this and they waived all costs! The miracles we’ve received can be named; they are Love, Faith and Hope. I love and thank you for the many, many blessing Papa!
READ ABOUT Kitty Silverwings in
FEBRUARY's GUIDEPOSTS Magazine!
Kitty and Patti are again
in the Press!
has their story in the
February 2015 issue
Volume 69 • Issue 12
You Go Girls!
See the story at Guideposts.org
Celebrates Kitty Silverwings Book
in May 2014 Issue
BOOK SIGNING REPORT:
Colorado Horseman’s Day
(Norris-Penrose Events Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, I had the honor of being invited to be one of the featured guest speakers at the 5th annual Colorado Horseman’s Day event, hosted by the Colorado Equine Veterinary Services group.
When Monday morning dawned and the last chair had been stowed and the dust had finally settled at the Norris-Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado the event was unanimously deemed to have been a great success by both attendees and vendors alike. When asked, a majority of the vendors had said they would definitely be interested in coming back next year.
My featured time slot had been the hour between 11:00 AM and noon. Initially we had some problems with the sound system and many in the back rows complained that they had not been able to hear me.
My talk was a narration of the Kitty Silverwings movie. There are many subtle aspects to that film that many people are not aware of. The most intrigued of all are the veterinarians. They know what they’re looking at and understand what ‘that filly’ in the films odds of survival really were. To think that not only did Kitty survive it, she went on to become a multiple state and national champion; nothing short of miraculous there! So as it turned out I would have to say the people most versed in equine maladies are the greatest admirers of Kitty Silverwings.
The first 4-6 rows remained fully engaged during the entire narration of the film. When the film finished, I stepped down off the stage and walked out into the audience and took questions. It was an amazing experience for me to see people moved to both a relieved laughter and those who were moved to tears.
I was thrilled to learn that during the narration of the film, there was a standing room only audience. The viewing area had been set up to seat more than 200 people. After my presentation I went back to my booth where the Kitty Silverwings movie looped during the afternoon. I answered questions, signed books and posed for photos.
Colorado was awesome. The folks I met could not have been more wonderful and treated me like a rock star. A true, pinch me, I’m dreaming weekend!
The booth where I, along with Mike Craig, signed copies of my new book, ‘Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story.’ Seated next to me is Mike Craig, an incredibly talented artist that did the beautiful cover along with the additional inside art work as well. The cutie on the end is Sandy Cochran, who just happens to be Mike’s niece. As miracles do tend to abound in my blessed life (AMEN, to that), it should come as no surprise that Sandy, is just about the greatest graphic artist around; she’s the talent behind the beautiful book Kitty’s story has at last become. As you can see by these pictures we never had a lull in the action or the laughs . . as a matter of fact my ribs hurt from laughing for two full days after I got back home! Another contributing factor to those sore ribs was the fact that Mike and his wonderful wife Suzi, who had invited us to stay with them throughout our entire stay ~ it was like a non stop party ~ now THAT explains the sore ribs!
Copyright © 2014 Kitty Silverwings
Patti (left), Mike, and Sandy goofing off in the booth.
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