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Classic pony books

Available again

There are over 40 titles out now. Coming soon:

Diana Pullein-Thompson

Ponies in the Valley (out now)

Ponies on the Trail (on pre-order now)

Ponies in Peril (on pre-order now)

Joanna Cannan

Another Pony for Jean (released summer 2021)

More Ponies for Jean (released summer 2021)

Many titles are also now available on Kobo.

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Diana Pullein-Thompson
Ponies on the Trail

Ponies on the Trail is the second book in the Sandy and Fergie series. It's based around a pony trek, but quite an unusual one in pony book terms as Sandy and Fergie are actually the youngest ones on it. Jake, owner of the nearby trekking centre, has asked them to help out with a new idea of his: a week-long adventure holiday on ponies, sleeping in shepherds' huts up in the hills of Shropshire.

The riders range from teenagers to the just about retired, and are a very mixed bunch. They and Sandy and Fergie find themselves heading for a week full of things they did not expect.

These unexpected things include the merest hint of romance (still not a thing in the pony book of the 1970s). It's fairer to say it's more boy-girl attraction than romance, but it's there. 

Authors A–Z is where you'll find information on pony book authors: the encyclopaedia part of the site

Not all authors have yet been moved over to this site, particularly American authors. You can still find my old site here.

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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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Cover images

Photo by Thibault Carron on Unsplash

Photo (Fell pony) Ruth Chamberlain – Ruth on the Hoof

Photo (clouds) by Julian Rayar on Unsplash