Smith, Alan

About the author

Alan Smith (b.1933) was the equestrian correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He retired in 2009, having covered the Olympic Games from Montreal to Hong Kong, and was president of the British Equestrian Writers’ Association. He has written several non fiction books on show jumping and horses. The one children’s book he has written, as far as I know, is Snowy. This is a very late example of the pony biography, which flowered in the 1920s and 1930s, gradually giving way to the pony book centred on the rider.

Finding the book
Snowy is easy to find, and you should be able to pick up decent copies without spending a fortune.

Sources and links
Sports’ Journalists Association news article
Chronicle of the Horse: an article on Alan Smith and his experiences at the Olympics
One of Alan Smith’s articles



Country Life Books, London, 1980, illus David Barnett, 128 pp.

Snowy is a Welsh Mountain pony, who grew up on the Snowdon Stud. One day she runs away, and is bought and sold several times. She receives good, but mostly bad, treatment at the hands of several owners until one day she ends up at a riding school, where she meets Tommy, who understands her.  Just when it looks as though everything will work out well, disaster strikes.