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Classic pony books

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There are over 40 titles out now. Coming soon:

Patricia Leitch

Highland Pony Trek (on pre-order now)

Afraid to Ride (on pre-order soon)

Caroline Akrill

Caroline Canters Home – fully illustrated paperback (out in 2021)

Diana Pullein-Thompson

Ponies in the Valley (out in 2021)

Ponies on the Trail (out in 2021)

Ponies in Peril (out in 2021)

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Patricia Leitch
Highland Pony Trek

The perfect story to get away from it all: set in the 1960s, this is a holiday story of ponies, the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and a touch of adventure when heroine Fiona decides to save her home by running pony treks. But the one thing that really might stop Fiona succeeding is Fiona herself. She’s not really managed to stick at anything before. She knows she gives up when things get difficult. And things do get difficult with the trekking business. Can Fiona overcome her biggest problem – herself?

This is one of my favourite Patricia Leitch titles, and you can see in it the genesis of the later Gill in Dream of Fair Horses and Jinny in the Jinny books. And there are plenty of Highland ponies, of course, and that never hurts.

I hope you like the Highland on the cover. I quite deliberately didn't use the original cover for this book as it seems more appropriate for a jolly, pony girl-type adventure than one where the heroine's problems include battling with her own character.

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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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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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Photo (Highlands) by Lauren MacNeish on Unsplash