June 19 2019
Girl Forward is the tale of one woman’s adventures traveling to work for an equestrian event in Mongolia. Heather Wallace is an unlikely adventurer and a timid rider. A mother of three and a small business owner, she has little time to explore the world the way she did in her younger years. When the opportunity arose to work for The Gobi Desert Cup, an endurance horse race in Mongolia, she took a risk learning about herself and changing her life forever.
“You did what? Where?”
When I tell people I traveled to Mongolia to photograph a horse race, there is often confusion. Even my friends and family struggled to understand.
I was a mother of three struggling to build a business for myself. However, when I had the opportunity to travel across the world for several weeks away from everything and everyone I loved, I jumped at the chance and left it all behind for a while.
The Gobi Desert Cup, an endurance horse race over 480 kilometers in six days, on Mongolian horses sought a writer and photographer to attend their event, and that was going to be me.
I don’t camp, I don’t typically take risks, and I don’t speak Mongolian. I never doubted for a second that I needed to be part of this experience. I knew from the very start this would be a journey of self-discovery.
I didn’t know it would change my life.”
Already a winner of the Reader’s Favorite 5-Star award, the critics note, “Heather Wallace’s love of animals, especially horses, is clearly shown throughout Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia, with her enthusiasm for the Mongolian breed being contagious. The hazards of the adventure and the difficulties (including the security screening problems at Beijing Airport) encountered in reaching and returning from the destination (Ulaanbaatar) should sound familiar to many a seasoned traveler.”
Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia
By Heather Wallace
Published by Water Horse Press
Copyright 2019, All rights reserved.
$7.99 US Kindle Ebook; $16.99 US Paperback
Publication date: June 19, 2019. Available for purchase at:
About the Author
Heather Wallace is a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist working with animals by day and writing about them by night. She is known for her blog about confidence at The Timid Rider.
Her first book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses, was a 2017 Literary Selection for the Equus Film Festival and is a humorous look at the excuses we tell ourselves why we can’t ride that day. Her second book, Confessions of a Timid Rider, details her insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate equestrian and writer. It was both an Amazon #1 Hot New Release and won the Equus Film Festival Winnie Award for Non-Fiction.
Heather wears many hats and is exceptionally proud to be an example to her three daughters of a woman who follows her passion and takes risks. Heather is every woman who decided to leave her fears behind and do what she loves.
In her spare time, of which she has little, she spends her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and pony.
Follow her on social media @timidrider or at timidrider.com. Please contact Heather if you would like a review copy, or you are interested in an interview.
About The Gobi Desert Cup
Co-founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a 480-kilometer equestrian adventure through the Gobi Desert, riding Mongolian horses every day for six days over 50 miles. This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine endurance while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event.