Caroline Akrill: Caroline Canters Home

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Caroline Akrill: I’d Rather Not Gallop

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Caroline Akrill: If I Could Ride

Caroline has gone away to college to learn all about stud management. It is not how she thought it would be. She cannot ride. All the horses at the centre are either brood mares or foals, who cannot be ridden. In the middle of a lecture on parasite management, Caroline’s cousins ring up. They have their most spectacular plan yet in a career that has been big on spectacular plans, and they want Caroline to throw up her course and come and help. If she could ride, thinks Caroline, surely it will all be worth it …

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Caroline Akrill: Inside Pegasus

The long lost fourth part of the Showing series … until now, you could only read it if you could find the right vintage Pony magazines.

If you’ve read Ticket to Ride, much of this story will seem very familiar as Caroline, a great recycler, used a lot of Inside Pegasus in that story. We thought Inside Pegasus was different enough to stand on its own, and obviously, the ending is somewhat different!

Now available as a full story, with illustrations (in the paperback edition). Also included are an introduction by Caroline Akrill and an article by her on her first book, Karen Bush on life as a working pupil, Jane Badger with an article on Porlock Vale, and a publishing history.

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Caroline Akrill: Showing Omnibus (three titles only)

The first three books of the showing series in one volume: follow the adventures of Caroline and co. from when Caroline arrives at the stables and first meets her cousins. Please note that this omnibus does not include Inside Pegasus.

Contents
Caroline Canters Home
I’d Rather Not Gallop
I’d Rather Not Gallop

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Christine Pullein-Thompson: The Horse Sale

The Horse Sale is one of those books Christine Pullein-Thompson did so well, where the stories of different people and ponies interweave. They all revolve around the local horse sale, which provides opportunites for people like Edwin, desperate to find a horse to alleviate his loneliness. But this same sale could change some people’s lives for the worse. Olga only loans her beloved horse, Crusoe, and his horse dealer owner wants to retire and sell up everything, including Crusoe. Maurice has ignored his pony, Titbits, ever since the family bought her, and now his father has decided to sell her. Can Maurice change his father’s mind? Can Olga find a way to buy Crusoe? By the end of the sale, everyone’s lives have changed. How all these stories work out makes for a particularly satisfying read: one of Christine Pullein-Thompson’s best.

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: A Pony to School

A reissue of the classic 1950s pony story where two girls take on Clown, a pony who needs schooling, and find that his owner hasn’t been entirely honest about the pony’s little problems. Skewbald Clown looks like the perfect pony, and at first everything goes well. And then the girls ask Clown to do something he doesn’t want to do.

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: I Wanted a Pony

The classic 1940s story of a girl who wants a pony.

Augusta goes to stay with her three superior cousins. Jill, Barbara and Stephen don’t think much of Augusta, and they let her know it. They think she’s peculiar. And not only that, she is a terrible rider. The cousins have three ponies, but Augusta is never allowed to ride them. Augusta, it is fair to say, dislikes her cousins just as much as they dislike her. Odd she may be, but Augusta is brave and resourceful and that means that one day she is standing at a local horse sale, ready to bid for a pony of her own.

First published in 1946, I Wanted a Pony was Diana Pullein-Thompson’s first solo novel.

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Ponies in Peril

What would you do to save ponies from being sold for meat?

Six unbroken Welsh ponies are standing in a field: but they will not be there for long unless Sandy and Fergie can come up with the money to save them, fast. For the ponies are destined to be sold for slaughter. Sandy and Fergie need to find that money in just two weeks. Finding the money is not their only problem: with three ponies of their own already, they need to break the new ponies in and find them good homes. And they’ve never done it before …

Originally published: 1979 (an Armada original)

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Ponies in the Valley

Sandy and Fergie are used to their suburban life in Sonnywood. But then Sandy and Fergie’s father is made redundant. Under the stress, he has a heart attack, and the family decide to move somewhere completely different: a small farm in the Shropshire hills. They buy a pony, and swiftly find out having a pony of your own is very, very different from riding one for an hour a week. The Hamiltons adjust to their new life, until one day when they discover that their pony is gone, along with their new cattle.

Originally published: 1976 (an Armada original)

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Ponies on the Trail

Sandy and Fergie are going to help local trekking centre owner, Jake, with a new idea of his: a week-long adventure holiday on ponies, sleeping in shepherds’ huts up in the hills of Shropshire. The riders are a very mixed bunch, and Sandy and Fergie find themselves heading for a week full of things they did not expect.

Originally published: 1979 (an Armada original)

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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Three Ponies and Shannan

Diana Pullein-Thompson’s classic 1940s pony story looks at the poor-but-noble heroine and the rich-girl-villain, and turns the stereotypes on their heads.

Christina has everything – beautiful ponies, a lovely house, and a groom to look after her beautiful ponies. But Christina has just moved into the lovely house, and the family that lived there before didn’t want to leave. Christina has no friends, and her attempts to make some go disastrously wrong. Together with her Irish wolfhound, Shannan, Christina then goes to a local riding camp, and life changes.

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