Caroline Akrill: Courses for Horses

Today, we were supposed to be discussing plans for the future of the stables. If there was a future to plan for. Personally, I doubted it.

There is trouble at Havers Hall. The house and stables have been refurbished, but now the money has run out. Lady Jennifer and Elaine’s father, Harold, are turning the refurbished house into an upmarket B&B. Elaine and the Fanes have been told, in no uncertain terms, that they must make the stables pay or the horses must go. Clearly, what little business they have will not keep the stables going so something must be done.

The Fanes think starting a riding school with some of the local dealer’s ponies will do the trick. Elaine has other ideas, but first she needs to make a momentous decision about her future with her beloved event horse, and then break it to the Fanes.

How will the eccentric Fane sisters react to Elaine’s life-changing plan? Only one thing is certain – there is more trouble ahead…

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Jane Badger: Jill and the Unexpected Horses

Two terms of secretarial college in London have left Jill Crewe desperate to get back to her friends and her ponies in the country. Her planned visit to cousin Cecilia was bad enough but when that falls through, it looks as though she’ll be staying in the deserted college lodgings. Fortunately, Captain Cholly-Sawcutt comes to the rescue, although he has a monumental task to keep Jill busy. Still, at least she’s back with horses even if she’s still having to avoid Cecilia and all her plans.

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Jane Badger: Ruby Ferguson and the Jill Books

Ruby Ferguson wrote one of the best-loved pony series of all: the Jill books. But who was she? This book delves into Ruby’s history and looks at the woman who created Jill.

There is also plenty of information on all of the nine books: publishing histories, illustrators and character lists. And Ruby Ferguson and the Jill Books answers some of the questions Jill fans always ask. Why was Black Boy renamed Danny Boy? Was Black Boy black? Or piebald?

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Jane Badger: The Classic Pony Book Sampler 1

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Download the first classic pony book sampler, where you can read samples of some of the classics of pony fiction. You’ll get a full chapter of:

  • Joanna Cannan: I Wrote a Pony Book
  • Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Six Ponies
  • Patricia Leitch: The Horse from Black Loch
  • Diana Pullein-Thompson: I Wanted a Pony
  • Marjorie M Oliver & Eva Ducat: The Ponies of Bunts
  • Victoria Eveleigh: Midnight on Lundy

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Jane Badger: The Classic Pony Book Sampler 2

Download the classic pony book sampler no 2, edited by Jane Badger, where you can read samples of some of the classics of pony fiction. You’ll get a full chapter of:

  • Caroline Akrill: I’d Rather Not Gallop
  • Josephine Pullein-Thompson: All Change
  • Patricia Leitch: Dream of Fair Horses
  • Patience McElwee: Dark Horse
  • Hazel M Peel: Night Storm the Flat-Racer
  • Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat: Sea Ponies

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Jane Badger: The Shorter Pony Book Bibliography

This isn’t a full guide to every British pony book ever, but it’ll give you lists of the major authors and their works up until the 1970s. It’s available as an eBook download for Kindle and Kobo, and as a PDF. The eBook file should work for Apple too.

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