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Our Stories

The Rusty’s Reading Remuda Children’s Book Series is created way out west by this mother and daughter team. We have a passion to share all the things we have learned from the many horses and characters we have loved. We know the power of storytelling and how it changes hearts and builds character in our own lives.

Many ask where the name Rusty’s Reading Remuda comes from? Rusty is one of our favorite horses we had the pleasure of knowing and we are honored to share a little bit of life through his eyes. We chose the word Remuda to represent our series because of its wonderful meaning. It is a Spanish word that means “a herd of working horses that the cowboys chose a mount from for the day.” We love the idea of a herd of kids who love to read getting smarter every day through their love of stories. Our goal is to make it onto their list of favorite books.

Mom Mary writes the words, while daughter Roslan illustrates in bold watercolor. When you read for the brand with Rusty’s Reading Remuda you will be inspired and entertained about all things western. Each tale holds a valuable lesson about riding the trail and features a special character from the herd. The brilliant pictures captivate all ages; the authentic western rhyme is fun and educational. Mary and Roslan hope to share their passion for the west and horses with readers all over the world!

You are cordially invited to join the Remuda and read for the brand!

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Mary Fichtner

Mary grew up under the big western skies roping and riding all over the west. Rodeo was her sport growing up through college. As a kid she didn’t realize the impact it was having on her and how her strong western roots would help her face the many challenges life always presents. As an Army wife and mother of four she has always used her cowgirl courage to make the best life possible. She was raised by parents who knew many fascinating Wild West characters and were incredible storytellers. This gave Mary a passion for sharing stories. She writes the Rusty’s Remuda Children’s Book series in rhyme; each one with a life lesson. “Rhyming is so much more fun to read for parents and kids and is essential to learning language and sounds”.  According to Mary’s family if she can get your attention long enough she will tell you a story!

Mary feels honored that her family has gifted her with the name "Legend Talker."

Listen to Mary read the Rusty's Remuda books in her Story Time videos!


Roslan Fichtner

Roslan grew up on the western prairie with a daily view of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets the eyes can see. This could be why she is so gifted at painting skies full of color and awe. It also explains her earned name of "Sky Painter."


She also developed a passion for all things equine and has competed in everything from rodeo to jumping to showmanship. Roslan's love of horses, the West, and the great outdoors, along with her natural talent in art, made her the obvious choice for illustrator. The brilliant and bold colors she uses, along with the fun characters she draws and paints, mesmerize little readers all over the world.


Roslan has been awarded The Will Rogers Medallion several times for art excellence and honoring the values and traditions of the American Cowboy. She has expanded her talents into many areas as well. You can view and purchase her originals, art to wear, and more on her website.

Check out the Activities Corral for free downloadable kids' activities!

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Start your own adventure with Rusty and Thunder!

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