Pony Magazine was started in 1949 by David J Murphy and by Lieut-
The Pony Magazine Annual didn’t start immediately the magazine did: the earliest annual I have found connected to the magazine was Percy’s Pony Annual, published in 1953. That album has a Young Readers’ section, and it asks readers to get their contributions in early for the 1954 edition of Percy’s Pony Annual. As far as I know, this was never published. Why ever did it stop? It was a lovely piece of work: maybe the presence of Percy (a Prezwalski’s Horse) and his friends was a bit much. Percy and Allsorts carried on with their club in Pony Magazine well into the 1960s, but they had a mere third of a page. Still, for whatever reason, no more Percy annuals appeared.
Once Pony Magazine Annual started in 1962, it hit a successful formula at once, sold out and then carried on an unbroken run of publication until 1983. The format was similar to Percy’s Pony Annual: a mix of stories, articles both serious and not, and, carrying on from its predecessors, photographs of equine events and personalities (though many fewer) and the Equestrian Who’s Who. There were also competitions: one stalwart was the Drawing and Painting Competition. There was one in Percy’s Pony Annual, in which readers could win a money prize. Competitions were reintroduced in 1963, though this was one based on skill: you had to chose the six most important maxims from a list of twelve on preparing, setting out and going out for a ride. Competitions like this continued until 1967, when the drawing competition was reintroduced. This was so popular it became a regular feature, appearing in every Annual up until the last I have seen, 1982.
The Annual was edited by Lieut-
The stories were many and varied, but the most notable are the three Caroline Akrill short stories which feature the characters from her Showing series. They are all very well worth reading, and show Caroline was just as good at the short story format as she was at novels.
As far as I know, the Pony Magazine Annual stopped publication in 1983, but it has been resurrected this century, though I think can only be bought via PONY Magazine and not in shops.