Always Hope: How Dairy Cows and Arabian Horses Inspired Grit in a Young Girl’s Life

Award winning author Hope Ellis-Ashburn is thrilled to announce the release of her latest book, Always Hope: How dairy cows and Arabian horses inspired grit in a young girl’s life.

In her book, Hope breaks through stereotypes about growing up as a female on a southern farm sharing stories that are equal parts sad, humorous, and everything in between.

Here’s what readers have to say about Always Hope:

"Always Hope is a poignant memoir describing growing up as a young female in rural Tennessee. This is a unique perspective on the stereotypical role of the Southern woman. Hope Ellis-Ashburn describes her upbringing in vivid detail, showcasing her life as the daughter of a poor, but a loving and hardworking dairy farmer. The often tough, but valuable life lessons created a strong and successful woman she is today. The overarching theme is a life dedicated to caring for and working with animals and the profound meaning these relationships have had on her life." - Heather Wallace, author of Equestrian Handbook of Excuses and Confessions of a Timid Rider

"Hope Ellis-Ashburn takes readers through the tenacity, challenge, and also the pride of hard work one develops from growing up on a southern farm. In her memoir, Hope reflects on how rich life becomes when one respects her roots, yet travels her own path, develops a strong work ethic, and finds love in both a special horse and human. An educational and enjoyable read!" - Carly Kade, author of the In the Reins series

“Farmers possess grit, and some transmit that quality to their daughters in an even grittier form. Hope Ellis-Ashburn's stories of learned resiliency from her childhood experiences on a central Tennessee farm will make you smile, laugh and sometimes shake your head. From learning how to drive a tractor before attending kindergarten, to becoming an expert on cow reproduction via hands-on experience with artificial insemination, Hope's memoir of farm life is reminiscent of Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Wall and the beloved Little House on the Prairie books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Whether you're longing for a simpler time, or simply an afternoon of entertaining diversion, you'll enjoy reading Always Hope.” - Susan Friedland-Smith, author of Horses Adored and Men Endured and blogger at

The book is currently available on Amazon at: Always Hope: How dairy cows and Arabian horses inspired grit in a young girl's life

About the Author
Hope Ellis-Ashburn is a freelance writer and author. She earned her master of science degree in agricultural education from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her bachelor of science in animal science-horse science from Middle Tennessee State University. While attending MTSU she was a member of the horse judging and equestrian teams. A former award winning extension agent with UTK, Hope also holds a teaching certification in agriculture education. Hope's work has been featured in EQUUS, Horse Illustrated, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Arabian Horse Life, and Sidelines magazines, and will appear in a future issue of US Equestrian magazine.

 Hope Ellis-Ashburn
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Whitwell, Tennessee 37397
(423) 718-6241

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