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Emma Hudelson is a nonfiction writer living in Indiana with her daughter, husband, dog, cat, and horse. Her book Sky Watch: My Obsession With America's Favorite Show Horse will be out in 2024 with the University Press of Kentucky. Her work appears in BUST, the Chattahoochee Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and she writes regularly for Saddle & Bridle. Emma is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's Ph.D. program in creative writing. She teaches writing at Butler University and runs Writing for Wellness workshops in Indianapolis and beyond. 

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Sky Watch: My Obsession With America's Greatest Show Horse

Spring 2023, University Press of Kentucky

Sky Watch is the story of one unstoppable show horse, the rivalry that defined him, and the way horses like him carried one soon-to-be mother back to herself.  


In the 1980s, American Saddlebred horse Sky Watch’s rivalry with Imperator filled Louisville’s Freedom Hall to the rafters, pushing the show horse industry to a peak that hasn’t been seen since. Emma Hudelson has just rekindled her childhood passion for horses and discovered Sky Watch’s legacy when she and her husband decide to start a family. As she struggles to find her way in the elite world of American Saddlebreds before pregnancy forces her out of the saddle, she travels to the heart of Kentucky to unravel Sky Watch’s story. If she can capture the magic behind the horse who changed show horses forever, maybe she can understand her own compulsion to return to horses even as motherhood threatens to pull her away.

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