Brown, Leigh

About the author

Leigh Brown (1939–98) produced the Jean Shepherd Show, and co-owned Staggerwing Productions. She married Jean Shepherd, her second husband, in 1977. Leigh Brown rode professionally, and was a member of the Professional Horseman’s Association. She wrote one novel, as far as I am aware, Show Gypsies. This is a funny and accurate portrayal of life on the American A Circuit, and is aimed at adults. The book is much loved by those who have read it, and it seems ripe for republishing.

Finding the book
Not published in the UK; the book is scarce and expensive in the USA

Links and sources
Leigh Brown and Jean Shepherd (link no longer extant)
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.
Reviews of the book on

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Show Gypsies

Mason Charter, New York, 1975, 354 pp

Diane Gallagher, with her trainer Dave MacKenzie, decides to go for a horse show career. Based in the world of the American A circuit, in the 1970s, with “hard work, hard drinking and endless travelling,” Diane aims for the United States Equestrian team.