Ponies, ponies, ponies
Dorothy Brenner Francis
Dorothy Brenner Francis, who also writes as Dorothy Francis, grew up in Kansas, and studied at the University of Kansas, from where she graduated with a degree in music. She taught music, and continued to teach after she, her husband Richard and their daughters, moved to Iowa. Having had her first adult book rejected, she studied Phyllis Whitney’s A Mystery of the Golden Horn line by line, and once she’d put what she learned into practice, her stories were accepted. She was off and running, she said. Now she has published over 70 novels for both children and adults.
Four of her stories involve horses, though one I have included has really a rather tangential connection -
Finding the books: all are reasonably easy to find. None were published in the UK.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Dorothy Francis’ website
A Blue Ribbon for Marni
Avalon Books, NY, 1973
Thorndike Press, 1971 (large print)
Marni Justin works as a trainer at the CircleW ranch, which gives her a chance to make her
dream, which is to have a horse of her own, come true…
Flint Hills Foal
Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1976, 127 pp, illus Taylor Oughton
Scholastic Paperback, 1976, 1978
Kathy has a new step-
lost in a storm, Jay helps Kathy.
Perfection Learning, Logan, Iowa, 2001, 88 pp, illus Dea Marks
Jayhawk Horse Mystery
Perfection Learning, Logan, Iowa, 2001, 80 pp, illus William Ersland
Tangentially horse content -
friend Maria try to help an artist friend who was cheated when she bought the horse.