She knew what they were thinking- Antonia Bianchi, the most talented rider on the junior circuit, was walking out of the qualifying round that might get her to the Olympic team? Antonia knew that her mother was most certainly thinking this, probably with a violent action in mind. She also knew that Phillip would most certainly get a huge laugh out of the whole story. She intended to tell him in detail as soon as she reached the hospital. Antonia handed Bruno’s reins to a stablehand, gave her horse one lingering, grateful hug around the neck, and walked away.

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