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There are over 30 titles out now, including:

Josephine Pullein-Thompson

Pony Club Cup, Pony Club Challenge, Pony Club Trek (all available now)

Prince Among Ponies (available on pre-order)

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Book Spotlight

Josephine Pullein-Thompson
I Had Two Ponies

“I don’t want to spend the Easter holidays grooming a beastly muddy pony."

It’s not what you expect to hear from the heroine of a pony book, is it? To be fair, Christabel is more of an anti-heroine. Does she improve? Will you like her by the end of the book?

When Christabel’s father sells her ponies,  Christabel gets over it pretty quickly. She’ll have plenty to do without them. But then she goes to stay with the Westlakes while her parents are away.

No one likes it when they realise that people don’t think very much of them, and that’s what happens to Christabel. And she begins to think the Westlakes are right, and comes to bitterly regret selling her ponies. But will she ever be able to find them again? In a pre-internet age, it’s not easy.

Released on 14 October 2020. 

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.

Books, Mud and Compost. And Horses. Read my blog here.

The Jinny Books by Patricia Leitch (2)

The Jinny Books by Patricia Leitch (2)

After the Gold Horseshoe edition of the 1990s (which you can see, along with the earlier editions, here), there were…

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The Jinny Books by Patricia Leitch (1)

The Jinny Books by Patricia Leitch (1)

Patricia Leitch's Jinny books are Marmite: you either love or loathe. I only met the first two, For Love of…

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The National School of Equitation

The National School of Equitation

Every now and then I like to write about riding schools: principally I think because it’s where the bulk of…

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The blacksmith’s, Roxby

The blacksmith’s, Roxby

I came across the photograph below in a World War II copy of Riding magazine from Jan-March 1943. If you're wondering about…

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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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