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Christine Stewart and Julie Yager, started Six Horses and a Caravan when they were 15 and 13 respectively. The project took them a few years: they were 19 and 17 when they completed it. They were inspired to start the story when one day after school they saw a truck with six horses and a caravan attached behind driving into Sydney for the Royal Easter Show. They said: 'It was to be a book for us – a way of putting down our feelings about horses and the country. For two years we battled at it – arguing, agreeing, letting the ideas come. Sometimes we sat down together to write a part: sometimes we would write whole sections separately. Finally the book emerged – and somehow we were still good friends!'
As far as I can see, they wrote just the one pony book.
Christine went on to study the Arts, and Julie Veterinary Science. As far as I know, this book was the start and end of their writing careers. The book was illustrated by Roseanne Fuller, a contemporary of the authors. She studied at East Sydney Technical College.
Finding the book
The book isn’t hugely common. It wasn’t published in the UK.
Links and sources
Dustjacket of Six Horses and a Caravan
Many thanks to Danyele Foster for providing all the information in this section.