A Horse Called September DennisDobson, 1976, left Reprinted Dragon, pb, 1978, cover Susan Hunter, 127 pp.
US, 1982 Granada, hb, 1985, right
Mary and Anna were inseparable, even sharing Anna’s horse September, until Anna's father sent her away to school at Kilmingdean, an
expensive, snobbish establishment that specialised in turning out show jumping champions. It changed everything between Mary and Anna. Anna promised to write, but her letters soon stopped. Mary was left behind, employed now by Anna’s father to look after September; to look after, but on no account to ride him. Mr Dewar did that, and Mary was forced to watch as Mr Dewar crippled September through over work, and she could do nothing. When it finally seemed as if Mary would loose both Anna and September, she embarked upon a daring scheme to rescue September and win back the respect and friendship of Anna and her father.
The Quicksilver Horse Granada, 1979
St Martin’s Press, New York, 1979, 94 pp. (centre) Reprinted Dragon, 1981, pb, 94 pp. Cover Julie Smith
“Emma Kenner was given Silver for her seventh birthday. Harry Hume, a racing stable owner, didn't think Silver could make it as a racehorse, so he sold her to Mr Kenner. The Kenners watched the mare grow up and flourish as they trained her. Emma and Silver became the stars of Mr Kenner's travelling circus. When the circus is ravaged by a storm, Harry Hume constructs a spectacular plan for Silver. Emma fears the outcome of the plan and also fears her friendship with Roddy will not survive the crisis.”