SOURCE: Hubie Pictures

October 14, 2015 06:05 ET

Former Southland Firefighter Takes Young and Old Alike on Fantasy Gallop With Hero Horse

Christmas Major Offers Heartwarming Holiday Cheer

COTO DE CAZA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2015) - Deep in the heart of Orange County, Calif., atop the majestic hills of Cota de Caza, lives a retired couple who have devoted their lives to firefighters and the history of one of the most dangerous and noble professions on the planet.

So devoted, in fact, that Dave Hubert, a former firefighter and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) officer, and his wife Barbara spent the last few years restoring a vintage horse-drawn steamer, one of the only remaining functioning apparatus of its kind in America. Along with their iconic dalmation and team of white horses, they continue to bring smiles to all ages as they ride in parades and show it off at many events throughout the country as part of their mission to remind people about the rich but dangerous history of firefighting.

To share many fascinating and untold stories of the heroic fire horses and lively fire dogs that protected and saved early America, the Huberts recently published a book -– Christmas Major, the Fire Horse Who Saved Christmas -- through their company, Hubie Pictures.

"This heartwarming, beautifully illustrated, inspirational tale is about an abandoned orphan and a spirited draft horse coming together to save lives and help others," said Barbara.

"Readers will learn about the exciting world of firefighting and fire horses," she added, "and travel back in time to the early 1900s when these mighty animals were so dedicated and loyal that they would obediently pull huge fire wagons straight to their own greatest fear -- the perilous ravages of fire!

"Readers will learn how a young colt destined for life as a plow horse, becomes one of these incredible heroes. Filled with many historical facts and more than 70 watercolor illustrations, Christmas Major is much more than a Christmas story. It's an adventure about character, loyalty, love, firefighting and the magical bond between humans and animals."

After reading the book with her family, one reader wrote: "Loved it! Very sweet story is perfect for anyone who loves animals. It is written for the child in all of us!"

The 152-page book from is available for $18.95 through or at

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