A valuable show horse, transported from France, arrives at Pine Hollow, the horse's mysterious owner to arrive later. Amidst all the excitement, Carol begins to believe that her friends in the Saddle Club have forgotten her birthday. When the champion event horse (Hugo) escapes Carol, Stevie & Lisa take it upon themselves to help find him. The girls do find Hugo, unveil their surprise birthday party for Carol, and learn that the horse's owner is none other than French dressage champion, Dorothee Doutey. Six months ago she fell in competition breaking her pelvis, but more importantly, breaking her self-confidence and shattering her relationship with horses and Hugo. Dorothee becomes the riding instructor at Pine Hollow, but the lessons she learns from the Saddle Club girls heal her emotional wounds.