TOPEKA, KAN., Oct. 2, 2017 - When new mom and longtime equine journalist Lindsay Keller began reading books to her son, she realized the "cowboy" books available to children were few and far between and many of them were created by people not truly familiar with the western way of life. So, she decided to do something about it. Partnering with her mother and illustrator, Marilyn Domer, the two created the book "Short Go Makes the NFR" to give rodeo kids a heart-warming story they could relate to and appreciate.

"Short Go" is a bay Quarter Horse who is owned by siblings, Elsie and Max. Inspired by real childhood play, Short Go and the children re-enact the timed events at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The book has a surprise ending where Short Go travels to Las Vegas to help carry out a very special task during each performance at the real NFR. Cowkids will love the storyline and illustrations and parents will love the valuable lesson shared through Short Go's experience.

As part of the launch process, "Short Go Makes the NFR" was not only reviewed by real rodeo families, but also representatives of the professional rodeo industry.

"When Lindsay and Marilyn approached us with their book idea, we knew right away it was something we wanted to be a part of," Commissioner Karl Stressman from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association says. "We hope ‘Short Go Makes the NFR' helps fuel a passion for the sport of professional rodeo in the hearts of every young cowboy and cowgirl who reads it."

"We are honored that Lindsay and Marilyn chose to include Miss Rodeo America in this wonderful children's book," Kiki Shumway, President of Miss Rodeo America, Inc., says. "We hope this story will encourage and inspire young cowgirls to follow in her footsteps as ambassadors who will promote the sport of professional rodeo and our western traditions."

"Short Go Makes the NFR" is a perfect Christmas, baby shower, birthday or "just because" gift for any child who loves horses and rodeo. To purchase books, visit www.TheBellMareBookCo.com and to keep up with the latest news and giveaways, follow Short Go at www.Facebook.com/ShortGoMakesTheNFR.

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