Ruth's sister, Jean Abernethy, was Monty Roberts' illustrator. Monty "The Man Who Listens to Horses" Roberts. Jean is an accomplished artist and rider. We brought her up from her home in Atlanta for the weeks required to understand what was Ben, and what wasn't.
That this amazing pair of sisters arrived at the perfect moment will remain a mystery to me. Perhaps Ruth could sense me floundering away from her studio 10 km away. She arrived. Jean arrived. Ben happened.