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Ellen Feld

Blackjack - Dreaming of a Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2001, 235 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin

Reprinted 2007


Heather Richardson has been haunted by dreams of a special Morgan horse. She finds out the
horse really does exist, and her dreams come true when she is asked to look after him. Disaster
strikes when Blackjack falls into the hands of an abusive trainer, and Heather has to rescue him
before it is too late.


Morgan Horse author Ellen Feld was educated at the University of Massachusetts, where she studied Russian and Soviet and Eastern European Studies. She has worked as a writer on equine subjects for over 20 years, and wrote her first short story, about her horse Blackjack, in 2001. That story became Blackjack - Dreaming of a Morgan Horse, and won the Children’s Choices Award. The book was later picked up by model horse manufacturers Breyer, who made a scale model Blackjack, sold with the book. All the horses Ellen Feld writes about are based on her own animals; each book in the series features Heather Richardson and her stable of Morgans.


Finding the books: all are still in print.


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Ellen Feld and her books

More on the illustrator, Jeanne Mellin

Willow Bend Morgans - meet the real life horses

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Frosty, the Adventures of a Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2003, 227 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin

Reprinted 2007


Heather and Blackjack are still together, and they meet a rare grey Morgan horse, Frosty. Through
Frosty, Heather learns that not all horses are show ring stars. She soon finds out that Frosty does
have a talent of her own: trail riding.

Rusty, the High Flying Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2004, 222 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin

Reprinted 2012


Frosty has her foal, and it’s a grey filly who, at first, seems perfect. Meanwhile, Heather’s jumping
Rusty, but then she starts to doubt herself. She makes a new friend, Nicholas, and hopes he’ll be
able to help her overcome her fears.




Robin, the Lovable Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2006, 204 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin


Karen Greene owns Robin, a Morgan horse, but Karen had a bad riding accident, and is so
traumatised by it that she is scared of riding. Heather and Nicholas and their Morgans work
together to free Karen from her fear
.

Rimfire, the Barrel Racing Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2009, 206 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin


Heather travels to Oklahoma, where she is introduced to barrel racing. She falls in love with the
sport, and when she gets home, discovers a Morgan barrel racer just happens to be for sale.
Her parents refuse to buy him, so Heather persuades Nicholas to. All goes well until Heather takes
Rimfire to a competition without Nicholas’ permission. Has Heather jeopardised her friendship
with Nicholas for the sake of a competition?



Shadow, the Curious Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2006, 32 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin


Aimed at the younger reader, this book introduces the characters of the Morgan
Horse series. Shadow decides to explore the woods which lie beyond her field. She
looks for a magic pond and meets lots of forest animals. Alas, she gets lost...

Meet the Morgans

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2012 (September)

32pp, illus colour photographs


Meet the horses who have inspired the books!


The Further Adventures of Blackjack

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2012, illus Jeanne Mellin


Heather and Blackjack have had an great season; winning rosettes at all New England Morgan
shows. Maybe this year, they’ll go to Oklahoma to compete in the Grand National and World
Championship Morgan Horse Show! But this will be expensive, and so Heather has to make
some difficult decisions in order that she can afford it. And not only that; a lot can go wrong when
you have a trip across the United States with 15 horses in a horse van...



Morgans

Blackjack

Frosty

Rusty

Robin
Annie

Rimfire

Shadow


Annie, the Mysterious Morgan Horse

Willow Bend Publishing, Goshen, MA, 2007, 206 pp, illus Jeanne Mellin


Chauncy brings new horse Annie to Gallant Morgans, even though he’s not sure of her origin. He
makes it clear that she can only stay if he can locate her registration papers. When Heather discovers
Annie's true identity, she is afraid to tell Chauncy, knowing the horse may be returned to a cruel trainer.
Heather hides the truth from her friend and soon events spiral out of control.