Ratliffe, Hermione

About the author

An author who only wrote one pony book under this name: Golden Knight and Other Stories. She was eleven years old when she wrote these stories: another in the long list of pony book authors who started and it seems, finished, very young.

Finding the book
It’s quite easy to find, but doesn’t turn up often with its dustjacket.


Golden Knight and Other Stories

Country Life, 1937, illus Barbara Turner
Reprinted 1941, 1942

Golden Knight:  the story of a horse who grows up to hunt with the Pytchley.  He is sold, trained to race, enters the Grand National, and does rather well…
Freedom:  an Exmoor/Thoroughbred cross is born on the moor.  Mr Mitchell and Barbara manage to buy the white colt at the sale.  Swift manages to help rescue his mother, and after Swift is outgrown, Barbara sets him and his mother free.
The Whitlock Family:  The Whitlock family inherit money from a long lost brother. They buy ponies, and train them for the Brockenhurst Show.  Jack deceives his father to show him that the horse Traveller’s Joy was worth the money they paid, but it all works out well in the end.