Author Linda Jo Wallen

Linda Jo Wallen, daughter of Sioux City horse trainer Richard "Dick" Wallen, will be signing copies of "The Horse Trainer's Daughter: Miracles and Memories" from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Book People, 2923 Hamilton Blvd. 

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY  | Linda Jo Wallen will be signing copies of her autobiographical "The Horse Trainer's Daughter: Miracles and Memories" from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Book People, 2923 Hamilton Blvd.

A Sioux City native and the eldest daughter of well-known horse trainer Richard "Dick" Wallen and his wife Marilyn, Wallen grew up, herself, to become an accomplished horse trainer and teacher.

Throughout her life, Wallen said she's experienced 61 separate miracles. Some of the miracles were life-changing, while other miracles, like meeting 1960s teen idol Fabian, were simply fun.

The miracles, as well as a personal account of the extended Wallen family, form the basis of the 212-page book.

In addition, many well-known Sioux City citizens and landmarks are mentioned in the book.

"Even though I've lived in Kankakee, Illinois, for more than 50 years, I still consider myself a Sioux City girl," she said. "To this day, I still refer back to the education that I received at Blessed Sacrament, Heelan and Briar Cliff. A part of my heart will always remain in Sioux City."

A portion of proceeds from "The Horse Trainer's Daughter: Miracle and Memories" will be going to charities, domestic and abroad.

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