Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Challenge

The Woodbury Pony Club have been challenged to take part in a tetrathlon by the neighbouring Cranford Vale Pony Club. It’s going to mean a lot of training, fast. Their cross country is improving, but that’s not going to be enough, and they only have three weeks to improve their swimming, running and target shooting. They’re starting to get better, but then a disastrous attempt to practise threatens to ruin everything …

Originally published: 1984

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Cup

No one likes the Woodbury Pony Club, not even its members. They’re so awful, they don’t think they’re up to entering the competition for second division pony clubs like them. And then they get a new District Commissioner – but what can an ex-jockey teach them and their terrible ponies? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you’re prepared to be open minded. Wild, whirling Jupiter and his hapless owner Hanif, and ewe-necked Saffron, grudgingly hired for Alice for the holidays by her aunt, can be improved. There is hope. They might even be able to enter for the cup …

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Trek

The Woodbury Pony Club are going on a three-day trek over the Downs. Alice is delighted but Hanif is in despair – all he wants is a quiet time with his friends, but his super-competitive stepfather has other ideas. Even a trek can be turned into a competition. But the trek doesn’t go the way anyone expected, and the idea of competition fades when a pony’s life is at stake.

Originally published: 1985

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