This is the first book in the Riders series that I’ve read. That said, Against the Clock is an easy and enjoyable read. The characters are explained prior to the story, so that you can learn how everyone fits in. In Against the Clock, 15 year old Alexandra Johnson is getting motivated about the idea winning Burghley, a major three-day-event. This is after having attended as a spectator.
Her eventing boyfriend Ash points out the sheer incredulity of her to aim for something so high. Shortly after their excursion to the great horse event, Alex is rapt to hear from Ash that Sid Shakleton, a well known dressage judge, is swinging by the stables. These are the same stables where Ash works and rides and where Alex keeps her pony, Barney. Alex is dreaming of riding glory when she hears why Sid is coming – to check out her horse.
What starts as a dream of being discovered turns into a nightmare when Sid identifies her pony as one that belongs to someone else. Alex finds herself in a battle to prove ownership of her promising mount. If she loses Barney, she is convinced her riding career is over. As Alex delves deeper into the scenario, Ash gets involved alongside her and finds his riding career on the line.
Against the Clock is a horse filled, educational read with a little mystery thrown in. The novel is entertaining and fast paced. Each of the characters add to the story and a glossary of terms is provided at the end to help educate readers. Worth the read.