Begbie, Joan

About the author

Joan Begbie wrote Freelance the Pony. Freelance is the daughter of the New Forest Kitty, fastest pony in the New Forest. Freelance has many ups and downs before she is finally reunited with Judith, who loved her first and best. As far as I know, Joan Begbie wrote no other pony books, though she did illustrate Jean Cree’s A Pocketful of Ponies (Witherby, 1956).

Finding the book
Freelance can be pricey, but reasonably priced copies with dustjackets can still be found.

Bibliography (pony books only)


Hollis & Carter, London, 1947, illus Frank Grey
Dodd Mead & Company, New York, 1947

Freelance is a New Forest Pony, and he falls upon evil days. Judith and her mother work and work to buy Freelance from Mr Heydon, but on the eve of her birthday, just when her mother thinks they will be able to buy him, there is terrible news. Mr Heydon has sold the pony to Will Wellow, who is only interested in making
a profit out of Freelance. Judith vows that she will get Freelance back even if she has to wait until the pony’s old and of no value to anyone.