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Robert E Gard

Robert E Gard (1910 - 1992) had a distinguished academic career. He was educated at the Universities of Kansas and Cornell, and taught play writing at both these Universities. He became a fellow of the Rockerfeller Foundation, founded the Alberta Folklore and Local History Project, and in 1945, joined the University of Wisconsin. There he founded the Wisconsin Idea Foundation, which was “a cultural program for the whole state”. Whilst at Wisconsin, he specialised in the theatre arts and creative writing. His academic career was stellar; he was elected as a Fulbright Research Scholar to Finland in 1959, and was sent to Britain by the Rockefeller Foundation to look at the grassroots arts there.


Amongst his many works were several horse books for children. From this it would appear he had a keen interest in the horse and the culture of the West.


Finding the books: Midnight, Devil Red and Run to Kansas are easy to find; A Horse Named Joe and Scotty’s Mare tend to be expensive. None of these titles were published in the UK.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

National Library of Congress

The Wisconsin Idea Foundation


Bibliography - horse books only

Midnight, Rodeo Champion

Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1951, 159 pp, illus C W Anderson



Sandy feels guilty because he’s turned his ranch horse Midnight into a rodeo bucker, but the horse
does very well and becomes famous, and Sandy feels he can’t quit rodeo riding just yet.


A Horse Named Joe

Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1956, 237 pp, illus C W Anderson



Sammy works with his horse Joe, and tries to stay away from public view. He has spent time in
jail (although he was innocent). However, he will have to face the public now that he has agreed
to help Jean win a five hundred mile horse race.





Scotty’s Mare

Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1957, 152 pp, illus Aaron Bohrod



Scotty trades in his heifer for a thin bay mare; a trade which doesn’t impress his father at all.
However, Scotty believes in the mare, a little Thoroughbred they call Trip, and so does his mother.


Run to Kansas

Duell, Sloan And Pearce, New York, 1958, 143 pp, illus Alan Moyler



After a fight at the mill, which Tom didn’t want to take part in, his parents press him to leave and
go west. He does leave, riding West on his plough horse Meg, but Tom’s enemy Griff follows him
to Kansas.

Devil Red

Duell, Sloan And Pearce, New York, 1963, 121 pp



It was a red horse which killed Paul’s friend Joe in a rodeo bucking contest, and Paul wants to
kill the horse which killed his friend. He cannot do it though, when he comes face to face with the
fear in the horse’s eyes.