About Joan Fry

Joan Fry is the author of three books, none of them self-published.  The Beginning Dressage Book, coauthored by trainer and judge Kathryn Denby-Wrightson, was one of the first books written in English for the average rider (Arco Publishing 1981, reprinted by the Lyons Press 2003).   Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need, was published by the Lyons Press in 2004.  The Press released a revised edition in 2007.  Her most recent book is How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize (University of Nebraska Press 2009, paperback edition in 2012).  No horses in that one, just a runaway mule.

In addition to her popular, award-winning books, she has written popular, award-winning articles that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Western Horseman, Reader’s Digest, Poets & Writers, Black Warrior Review, and many other periodicals.  After marrying American Saddlebred trainer John Fry in 1978, Joan wrote articles (Dressage & Eventing, Horse Illustrated, The Pacific Saddlebred) and columns (Saddle & Bridle) for over 30 years.   

4 thoughts on “About Joan Fry”

  1. John Hamrick said:

    Looking to get in touch with Joan.

    • I still can’t believe you found me! Yes, I recognize your name, and John and I both look forward to renewing a friendship we thought had ended nearly 25 years ago. An emails follows. I’m still in shock that you found me on my horse blog!!!

  2. Sarah Sistrunk said:

    Mrs. Fry,
    I just wanted to tell how much I’m enjoying reading Backyard Horsekeeping. I’m 51 and just purchased my second horse. My last horse was 30 years
    ago. I have a wonderful friend who is helping me in my new adventure.
    Your book is very informative, positive and funny. I agree it is the only guide one would ever need.

    • Dear Sarah,
      You just made my day! Two days, in fact–yesterday, when I first read your comment, and again today. Thanks very much for telling me how much you enjoyed BACKYARD HORSEKEEPING, and why. Are you a trail rider? And what kind of horse? I hope you spend many happy hours in the saddle.

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