Riding and Driving Magazine first appeared in 1936, published by Country Life. The magazine was a sumptuous production, aimed at the same clientele who read Country Life Magazine. The majority of its articles were on equestrianism and the world of the horse, although it did include topical content. The magazine was published throughout World War 2 (though because of the paper shortage issues were cut from 12 a year to four). The driving element of the magazine came much more to the fore as people wrestled with petrol rationing, and a series of articles appeared on using your stables for food production. Rabbits, pigs and mushrooms were just some of the topics on which lengthy articles appeared.
Although Riding Magazine could be bound by the publishers at the end of each year, there was no Annual as such until the 1960s. The first appeared in 1964, and was published by Country Life. The flap stated its appearance was:
“Following repeated requests from readers, the proprietors of Riding Magazine have produced this Riding Annual for the year 1964, full of interest for readers of all ages.”
The Annual was edited by Phyllis Hinton, a former editor of Riding. The content was principally non-
Publication was resumed under the editorship of Elwyn Hartley Edwards, with the annual being published by Fleetway. This probably happened in 1972, when the editor admitted in the preface to that year’s edition that no annual had appeared “for some years”. There were occasional short stories in the Annuals that followed, but the content was mostly non-
This page lists the Riding Annuals published between 1964 and 1981, and the short stories they contained. Not all the annuals contained short stories, and there doesn’t seem any rule I can find to govern when one was included and when not. Riding Magazine maintained its Young Riders’ page certainly into the 1970s, and I assume the short story included was as a nod to its younger readers.
Finding the annuals
The earlier annuals are the trickiest ones to find, and pricing is very variable. The later editions are easier to find, and generally cheap.
Links and sources
Many thanks to Pam Wakelam, who supplied nearly all the photographs and information for this section.