Hazel M Peel: Darius the Eventer

A glimpse into the horse world of the 1960s. Ann and Jim Henderson breed horses, and one of their horses has a problem: he can’t concentrate. Not ideal when you’re trying to get a horse ready for the Badminton three day event. But even Darius pales into the horizon when Ann’s beloved first horse, Pilot, is desperately ill. Horses aren’t the only problem for the Hendersons. Pat O Hara’s father blames Ann for his imprisonment, and when he escapes, he’s hellbent on revenge.

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Hazel M Peel: Dido and Rogue

Will Rogue be the one horse for whom Ann and Jim have to admit defeat?

Ann and Jim Henderson have bred two very different horses. Sweet-tempered Dido can turn on a sixpence and brake alarmingly fast: all very useful for a polo pony. But Rogue is different. He has been difficult since birth, and the older he grows, the more menacing he becomes. His very survival depends on whether Ann and Jim can find the key to him.

Originally published: 1967

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Hazel M Peel: Night Storm the Flat-racer

Ann and Jim have bred a wonderful black colt who looks as if he could be a Classic winner. But nothing is straightforward: Night Storm has a furious temper and is difficult to ride. There are questions about whether he’ll ever get as far as a racecourse, let alone race. And once he does race, there are people around who want to stop Night Storm in his tracks.

Part of the 1960s Leysham Stud series, where a couple fight to establish a prize-winning stud.

Originally published: 1966

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Jane Badger: Heroines on Horseback

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Jane Badger: Jill and the Lost Ponies

Pony Jobs for Jill ended with Jill and Ann all set to go off to secretarial college. For years, I wondered what Jill would have made of secretarial college, and so I wrote this story, which takes Jill and Ann away from Chatton and on to London. Do they find ponies in London? They do. But they’re also faced with a problem after Jill’s beloved ponies are sold.

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Jane Badger: Jill and the Pony Club

Jill’s back in Chatton after losing her job in London, and she’s feeling fed up. Her writing career has stalled, and there are no ponies in the orchard at Pool Cottage. But there are ponies on the horizon. Despite her better judgement, Jill gets dragged into a scheme with the Pony Club which provides far more excitement than she was looking for. There’s Brenda Derry, Ann’s little sister, for one thing. Why was Brenda banned from Pony Club? Surely Brenda won’t be allowed to take part in the Pony Club gymkhana …

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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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Joanna Cannan: Another Pony for Jean

The follow up to the classic 1930s pony story, A Pony for Jean. Jean and her pony Cavalier are getting on well now, but there are still fights with her cousins, and struggles to get things right. She has no thought of getting a second pony: she’s happy enough with the one she has. But Jean does find a new pony … When out hunting one day, Jean is involved in an accident. Will she remember her mother’s unconventional first aid lessons?

This is a vintage story written in the 1930s, and it reflects the attitudes and laws of the time, when hunting was legal.

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