A Horse Named Viking is about a Danish Warmblood colt, Viking, whose dam (mom), Carpia, was put down because she defended her foal against Ulrik, a drunken groom (stable boy) who attacked them. Viking was not yet weaned at the time, and after Carpia’s death, Viking stops eating and nearly dies. When he recovers he is sold by Kurt, his owner. After Viking has been passed through several owners and a top-class sale barn, he is bought by Anne O’Neil, an American Olympic/Grand Prix (the highest level of dressage) rider who bought him as a last resort. She has some trouble with him but generally gets along with the intimidating 16.2 gelding. They are later asked to be on the Olympic team and pass the try-outs.
Anne doesn’t like the new trainer, but she doesn’t have the funds for anyone else. She winds up traveling for several weeks without Viking, and when she gets back, Viking isn’t the same. He is unhappy and doesn’t have any of his old spirit, and this is right before the Olympics! Will he recover in time?
To be totally honest, I didn’t really think I would like this book when I first started reading it. I love reading about and riding horses, but there are actually only a few good books out there. Caroline Akervik’s A Horse Named Viking is one of those few. Akervik has ridden Grand Prix level horses, so her experience made this book well-written. If she has more books or writes anymore books, I will definitely read them.