Chief’s Smokey, Pinto Horse Association 1982 International Champion, Inspires Award-Winning Adventure Seekers Saga Book Series

Author and Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) member Joan Kristin Haugan credits the creation of her Adventure Seekers Saga 4-part equine infused book series to her PtHA 1982 International Jumping Champion, Chief’s Smokey.

“Smokey’s spirit, humor, athleticism, and intelligence were the catalysts for me to write the book series,” noted Haugan. “The time we spend with these majestic creatures inspires our entire lives.

“Many of my fondest memories of Smokey are those of competing with him at Pinto Horse Association shows,” continued Haugan. “I really appreciate the Pinto Horse Association because they encourage individuality in people and celebrate diversity in horse types.”

The series’ first book, Prairie Magic, is dedicated to Smokey and inscribed, “Faithful friend. Wise teacher. World champion.”  The award-winning saga including Rebel, A Fork in the Road, and Scorpio, is set in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Series’ protagonist, Takada Good Elk, world-famous horseman and author, teaches that horses are our teachers in the tale that chronicles the Hanson and Good Elk families’ struggles and triumphs.

“We are delighted that Joan’s partnership with her Pinto, Chief’s Smokey, has inspired the creation of Prairie Magic and the Adventure Seekers Saga book series,” shared Kim Hall, Executive Assistant, PtHA.

“Joan’s success in showing Smokey in the Pinto Horse Association is a great example of how lessons learned showing horses are a springboard for life achievements beyond the show ring,” continued Hall. “Investing in PtHA show experiences for your children or grandchildren is a great way to support their future successes.”

Haugan is a lifelong equestrian and possesses a deep reverence for South Dakota’s Black Hills, her lifelong home. She was raised on a horse ranch where she learned from many horse “teachers”. She and her equine partners have won local and national accolades in the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), Pinto Horse Association, and other breed show competitions.

She graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Geological Engineering bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Dakota. She and her husband own and operate J & J Optical and Sturgis Hitchin’ Post in Sturgis, SD.

Prairie Magic and Rebel, books 1 and 2 in the series, e-books can be purchased for a special  buy-one-get-one free price of $3.33 on the Odin’s Legacy Press website. Prairie Magic and Rebel are also available for purchase on Amazon Kindle for $4.44 each and in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Softcover copies of the Adventure Seekers Saga are available for purchase on the Odin’s Legacy Press website. Each copy will be personally signed by the author with your choice of inscription. Enter the requested inscription in the “Order Notes” box at checkout.

More information on the Adventure Seekers Saga books is available at . Media are invited to email to request complimentary softcover and/or e-book review copies. Contact Joan Kristin Haugan at (605) 561-1111 or for media interviews including podcasts and book image requests.

About Odin’s Legacy Press
Odin’s Legacy Press, based in Sturgis, SD, specializes in publishing horse books, inspirational books, children’s books, card decks, and game boards. Email or call (605) 561-1111 for more information.

About the Pinto Horse Association
Incorporated in 1956, the Pinto Horse Association of America was formed to encourage the promotion of quality horses, ponies and miniatures with color and to establish a registry for maintaining their show records and pedigrees. Currently, the association serves approximately 78,000 members and boasts more than 155,000 registered Pintos. Follow PtHA on Facebook and Instagram .

Media Contact:
Joan Pillen
Odin’s Legacy Press
Phone: (605) 561-1111



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