McHargue, Georgess

About the author

Georgess McHargue (1941–2011) wrote 35 books for children and young adults. She was born and brought up in New York City, where with her friend Nancy Hoit, she would gallop imaginary horses along the paths. Georgess went to Radcliffe and Harvard, and then worked in publishing. She met her husband on a visit to Scotland for research (possibly researching her horse book, The Horseman’s Word). She remained a keen horsewoman, and this love was reflected in the first lines of one of her last poems, When I Go:

When I go, I will go with the horses
Look for me where the long manes
and the long grass are tossing together

Finding the book
Easy to find.

Links and sources
Obituary,, August 7th, 2011
Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Horseman’s Word

Delacorte Press, New York, 1981, 259 pp

Show ring rider Leigh goes to Scotland to help with her uncle’s pony trekking business. She meets a strange boy, and becomes interested in an all-male secret ceremony called The Horseman’s Word.