Horse Sense. Street Smarts.

When was the last time you really listened and thought about what someone said? 

What quote made by a famous or not-so-famous person struck a chord with your soul? Well … we have a challenge for you. Read some of our common-sense quotes from the book “Horse Sense. Street Smarts.”… ponder a bit and share what that quote means to you.

Enter now  for  the 5th annual HORSE SENSE essay contest! You could win one of five $1,000 scholarships towards college expenses, have your essay published on our web site and posted on Facebook. 

The Contest is as easy as 1.2.3:

1. Choose and contemplate two of your favorite quotes from the book Horse Sense. Street Smarts. by Don W. Hodges. You will find these quotes either in the Amazon Kindle or hardback version (order online at: and Amazon) or review some quotes that are posted on the book’s website

2. Write a one page essay (Limit 400 words) each for your chosen two quotes. Address these two questions:
1. What is your interpretation of the message behind the quote?
2. Would you benefit from the message going forward in school or the workplace and why? 

3. Rewrite one of the quotes using your own words and post it on our Facebook page (limit, 50 words. Management will have the right to block any inappropriate copy).

Example - 
Original Quote: “Trust but verify.” – Ronald Reagan
Your Version: “Trust your buddy, but make sure he/she had the right source to begin with.
Check it or risk it!” –Your Name

You must complete all the three steps above. If you need access to a computer your local library or school is an easy place to view quotes from the book’s site and to enter.

For steps 1 and 2, make sure you include your choice of quotes from the book along with your essay. Send your typed, double-spaced submission, a 400 word maximum Word document by email or mail.

Send the two essays to: essay coordinator:
If mailed, address to: 
Fourth Annual Horse Sense Essay Contest  
Attn.: R McBride
25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100-338
Dallas, Texas, 75205

This contest begins at 12:01 A.M. Central Standard Time on September 1, 2017 and runs through 11:59 P.M. CST on June 22, 2018.  All submitted essays must be nonfiction. 

Open to legal residents of the United States age 18-22 at the contest’s end date of JUNE 22, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. Entries will not be returned. No purchase necessary, you need not be present to win. By entering, entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of a third party,(2) will grant contest sponsor a nonexclusive,worldwide,royalty-free licence to edit,publish,promote and republish any time in future. Other grants will be presented to the winner to sign, if necessary, at the time of award.
One entry per student. Please be aware that due to the volume, we cannot send verification that we
have received your specific submission by mail. Details are posted on 
Winners will be notified in writing around December , 2018 and posted on website soon after.

“A Penny for Your Thoughts” may turn into a $1,000 scholarship!

Enter The 5th Annual HORSE
SENSE Essay Contest created  by
 Don W. Hodges and Win a
$1,000.00 College Scholarship!


Q. How should I structure my entry?

A. Essays should be typed and submitted in English, 400 word maximum (preferably double spaced if it is a shorter essay) on 8½-by-11-inch paper/format. Essays handwritten or exceeding this length may not be considered. If submitted by e-mail, we prefer that you send the essay in a Word document format. We will also consider essays pasted into the body of an e-mail. Start with a quote that you picked from the book, then answer the two questions (see step 2 , on your right) in your essay.

Q. What happens if I go under or over the maximum word limit?

A. Essays under 400 words are permissible. Your essay can be excluded from consideration if it is over the 400 word maximum. We recommend all contest participants to submit at least 150 words to maximize their chances of winning.

Q. How will my essay be judged?  

A. The essays are judged on the following criteria: originality (20 percent), creativity (20 percent), use of language (20 percent), and appropriateness to contest theme (40 percent). 

Q. Should I send in photos or other memorabilia that relate to my essay?

A. Please don’t, they cannot be
 returned to you.

Q. Is there some suggestions to get me started?

You can locate the book of pertinent quotes on our website,, or purchase the book. Also the book can be found as a hard back or Kindle version on
You do not have to buy the book, you can borrow the book from a friend or use the quotes featured on the website.
Read the book to pick out two of your favorite quotes. 
Stick to the theme of the contest.
Check your spelling. 
Use the word count feature on Microsoft Word to make checking on word count a snap.

Contact Us
2014 - 1st Annual Horse Sense Essay Contest Winners:
Julie Hong - Arlington, TX
Obadeh Shabaneh - Lubbock, Texas   
Ashley Malcom - Austin, Texas 
Grant Wiley - Dallas, TX
Madeline Patton - Plano, TX

2015 - 2nd Annual Horse Sense Essay Contest Winners:
Savanna Mertz - Pampa, TX
Victoria Prince - Houston, TX
William Lynch - Midlothian, TX
Joel Edgemon - Tyler, TX
Blake Griffin - Texarkansas, TX

​2016 - 3rd Annual Horse Sense Essay Contest
Gavin Lynch 
Roger Cain
Sydney Allen
Blake Pate
Elissa Nguyen

CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you to everyone who participated