The Rise of Camelot: A Modern-Day True Tale of Horses, Dragons, and a Girl with a Dream
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Word Warrior Publishing
August 22, 2023
6.0 X 8.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Michelle Guerrero wanted to grow up to be a mermaid and have a unicorn. She decided the next best thing to having fins was being a writer. She's a mom of four who lives in a cabin in the woods with her husband and two youngest boys. She's often spotted walking through the trees, surrounded by horses, pups, goats, and kids.She grew up in Illinois but moved to Arizona when perms were still a thing. Her degree is in journalism, but she writes just about anything, from articles to books for children and young adults.
When Eileen Szychowski brought Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship to Arizona, she had $100.00, two mares named Guinevere and Janik, and a precious goose named Zanadu. Today, Camelot has grown to be a privately funded, state-of-the-art, non-profit organization located on 14.25 acres in North Scottsdale.Szychowski, a horsewoman with a disability, spent seven years studying under Josef Rivers, a polio survivor and founder of Dragon Slayers in California. During her time there, she also worked as a full-time program director for the Santa Cruz Skills Center. When Eileen came to Arizona, she became a park ranger at the Grand Canyon. She discovered that she could live the life she dreamed, and under Rivers' encouragement, she dared to dream big.Along the way, Szychowski has received support and encouragement from friends and supporters all over the country. As time goes on, many former students continue to participate in the dream, donating both time and money. Eileen retired in November of 2004, but continues to guide the staff at Camelot through the knowledge and teachings she has shared with them over the years. Thanks to these combined efforts, Camelot exists today as living proof that dreams can come true.
Mark Bogosian is the Director of the Quality of Life Grants Program for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.