Noel has no self-confidence. John has a nasty temper. June’s mother thinks June is wonderful (and so does she). Evelyn thinks dressage is a waste of time. Her sister Hilary is not so sure, and Richard, well Richard is very good at hiding the truth from himself. The Pony Club is the despair of Major Holbrooke, its district commissioner.

The Pony Club is presented with six New Forest ponies to break in. How they go about it, and the problems and triumphs they experience, are still just as entertaining and informative as when the book was published over 60 years ago.


Six Ponies was Josephine Pullein-Thompson's first solo novel, and originally appeared in 1946. It is available worldwide in both eBook and paperback formats. The eBook is unillustrated; the paperback has all the beautiful Anne Bullen illustrations.

Both editions use the full original text. The paperbacks were drastically cut.

The series

Six Ponies

Pony Club Team

The Radney Riding Club

One Day Event

Pony Club Camp


All in all, I found the story highly entertaining and I really enjoyed it. Now onto the second in the series!


The most enjoyable 'pony book' ever written! I read this series as a child and have re read them every few years as an adult. Although some of the language and context may sound dated my own daughters have hardly noticed due to, I believe, the high quality of writing.