Oakley, Helen

About the author

Helen Oakley wrote four horse books, as far as I know. I am very short of biographical information on this author, so if anyone can supply anything I would be very grateful.

Finding the books
All the books are reasonably easy to find. None were published in the UK.

Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Horse on the Hill

Knopf, New York, 1957, 247 pp, illus Ursula Koering

Midge finds a big red horse in her family’s field, and he is returned to his owner. However, he does not want to stay there. He keeps coming back, until his owner decides to let the horse stay where he so obviously want to be. He lets Midge help execise the horse to get him ready for a horse show.

The Ranch by the Sea

Knopf, New York, 1959, 209 pp, illus Charles Geer

Mr Crabbe owns some land by the sea, which he rents out to a family who earn their living doing pony rides and riding lessons. The people who live there during the summer are very opposed to this, but then Marty helps them and Mr Crabbe resolve their long running feud.

The Enchanter‘s Wheel

W W Norton & Company, Inc, New York, 1962, 181 pp, illus Charles Geer
Young Readers’ Press, New York, 1966

Bess is spending the summer on her uncle’s farm in West Virginia. The mare South Wind is boarded at the farm while her owner is away, and Bess’s Cousin Rod makes it clear Bess is to stay away from her. Although she spends her days riding the old pony Cream Puff, Bess plots to raise money to buy South Wind.

Freedom’s Daughter

W W Norton & Company, Inc, New York, 1968, 179 pp, illus Charles Geer

Historical story about the beginnings of West Virginia.