Classic pony books

Available again

There are 27 titles out now, including:

Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat
Sea Ponies, Ponies & Caravans, The Ponies of Bunts (out on 7 April, 2020)

Josephine Pullein-Thompson
One Day Event (out on 1 May, 2020) All Change, Pony Club Camp (out soon)

Pony Club Cup, Pony Club Challenge, Pony Club Trek (getting ready!)

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Book Spotlight

Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat
Sea Ponies

On pre-order

We all want a bit of sun and sand at the moment, don’t we?

That’s what Sea Ponies is all about. Sun, sand, ponies and freedom. It’s a wonderful comfort read, just like the others in the series, Ponies of Bunts and Ponies and Caravans.

I love them all, but I love them even more at the moment. It’s like reading about another, completely idyllic world. You can almost hear the clash of the pebbles on the beach, and smell the grass in the warm summer sun. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Author Jane Badger

Heroines on Horseback

The pony book galloped onto the children’s book scene with a flick of its rosetted bridle, and has remained a fixture ever since. Brave girls and nervous ones, scruffy ponies and ornaments of the show ring cantered through pony tale after pony tale, all fallen upon by an audience desperate to read anything that reflected their own passion for the pony.

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Covid-19: What we’re doing

As we all know, we're living in very uncertain times. I have to make plans so that the business will…

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Jill and the Pony Club ~ Chapter 4

Jill and the Pony Club ~ Chapter 4

Read chapter 3 here The thudding on the door sounded louder than ever. I shoved my head under the pillow…

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Jill and the Pony Club ~ 3

Jill and the Pony Club ~ 3

What with one thing and another, it had been quite a long time since I’d gone to visit the Lowes’…

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Jill and the Pony Club ~ 2

Jill and the Pony Club ~ 2

Missed chapter one? It's here. I put my pen down and stared at what was before me. I had never…

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Featured Authors

Diana Pullein-Thompson

Like her sisters, Diana Pullein-Thompson (1925–2015) was best known for her pony books. Her first solo pony book was I Wanted a Pony (1946), which followed It Began with Picotee, written with her sisters.

Patricia Leitch

Patricia Leitch (1933–2015) had a varied career,  before she settled down to writing. Thanks to her Jinny series, she is a must-read author if you want to do a serious study of how the pony book genre developed.

Caroline Akrill

Pony book authors don’t tend to do humour: perhaps it’s the undercurrent of morality that underpins most of the genre (you must take proper care of your pony ), but the pony book that makes you laugh out loud is rare.

Marianne Mjelva

Marianne Mjelva is a Norwegian author, who learned to ride when she was right. When she was 10, she wrote in her diary: ‘When I grow up I’m going to be a dog owner, a horse owner and a writer.’ She’s done all of those.

About Jane Badger

I’m a freelance writer, editor and proof reader. I’ve written Heroines on Horseback (2019), a gallop through the pony book in children’s fiction, and have written the world’s largest website on equine literature.

I’ve now started a publishing company to bring back the classics of pony fiction.

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