Susan Carpenter Noble

Cowgirls Don’t Quit

(10 customer reviews)


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Eleven-year-old Meghan Callahan’s passion for horses has been bolstered by rancher “Ol’ Ben,” who has taught her to ride. When her parents give her the go-ahead to join Ben and his grandson, Xender, on the cattle drive to summer pastures up on the mesa, Meghan proves her courage, tenacity, and intuition earning the respect of both Xender and his grandfather. And Xender earns Meghan’s respect when they team up to protect the cattle from a trio of unscrupulous two-legged varmints.

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About the Author

After earning her teaching degree at Penn State University, Susan Carpenter Noble tucked it in her hip pocket and took off for Colorado to become a horse trainer. Somehow, her mentors got the gangly six-footer to where she could actually get something done on a horse, and she won state championships in such diverse events as Reining, Western Riding, and Working Hunter. She also coached students to state championships in Dressage, Trail, and Barrel Racing, among others.

When she’s not out in the arena teaching her Horse Kids, or hiking with her husband, or traveling to see her far-flung siblings and adult kids, she’s usually typing away on the keyboard, telling the kinds of horse stories she would like to have read growing up.

Her debut novel, “Cowgirls Don’t Quit,” and the soon-to-be-released sequel, “The Free Horse,” were inspired by two of her recent students. The rest of her students are currently on their best behavior for fear she will embarrass them in a similar manner.

Additional information

Weight 0.299 lbs
Dimensions 5 × .273 × 8 in



Susan Carpenter Noble

10 reviews for Cowgirls Don’t Quit

  1. Shelley Curtis

    I loved this book! The characters were likable, the dialogue was believable, and the story flowed from start to finish. The book was set in my home town so the references to local settings and attractions was especially fun. An excellent read. Can’t wait for more from this author.

  2. Cecilia

    My husband and I have read Susan’s book and have very much enjoyed it. It offers insight to an experience not readily available. I enjoyed seeing the main character fight through her fears. It is a book that teaches perseverance as one pushes through to achieve a desired goal. It is a great book and I believe it should be part of the reading requirements in middle school.

  3. Stacy

    Just read the book today and enjoyed it very much. Nice balance of the story told through Meghan’s thoughts and through the dialogue of the other characters. I plan to purchase a copy for my great niece, so I would highly recommend it for young girls. Looking forward to Meghan’s next adventure.

  4. Peggy King

    This author is a wonderful storyteller who enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of horses with the reader. The main character, Meghan, has been bitten by the “horse bug” and is delighted to have the opportunity to help with her neighbor’s cattle drive. The reader is swept along on the adventure as Meghan learns to handle her horse and meets some savory and not so savory characters. A fun read that leaves you wanting more from this talented writer.

  5. Lori Paddyaker (verified owner)

    I purchased this book for my 10 year old granddaughter. She absolutely loved it and could not put it down. Having finished it in less than 24 hours, she called me to find out how fast she could get the sequel. When I asked her to tell me what she really liked about the book, she said, “It was all amazing. Best book I’ve ever read!”

  6. Darlene Eaves

    After reading this book I immediately thought of one of my granddaughters and how the main character was so much like her in her determination to achieve goals. It shows young girls that their dreams can come true as long as they are willing to work for it.

  7. Colleen Hope

    I struggled to put this book down! Alomg with sharing a lot of knowledge through a young girl’s eyes as she learns to ride, how to help with cattle and work her first cattle drive, there is wonderful intrigue and suspense to keep you turning the pages. I found this to be a refreshingly good hearted read that naturally shines light on the value of family, neighbors and community relationships. While I personally anticipate the sequel (s), I will be getting a copy of this book into my local small, ranch – town library for the many young readers here who will be able to relate to and enjoy this story too.

  8. Alysia (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book very much! Susan’s bright writing style and genuine love of horses and people touch readers of all ages. Her characters feel real and her descriptions of the location are true to life. We learn along with Meghan about how to care for horses and that working hard for something holds rewards, even though the hours might be long and the tasks difficult. I liked learning how much cooperation a cattle drive takes between riders, horses, dogs, and support teams. There are good twists and satisfying conclusions that leave the reader wanting more.

  9. Kathy

    With a degree in Applied Animal Science / Light Horse Management I found the story taking me back to my college days and bringing back memories that I had forgotten about. My husband said it was great watching my face as I read the book. I loved the story and the people in the book. Susan’s writing style made it so that I could see the story and characters in my mind. I couldn’t wait to get to her second book.

  10. Bella, Pennsylvania

    I love these books!! They are much more creative than typical horse books, and so much fun to read! The author makes them so relatable to young equestrians!

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