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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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Prince among Ponies

Adonis was so beautiful he must surely be a prince among ponies… But he is not. At least, that’s what Sara and Patrick are told when they go to visit the Merrimans, who own Adonis. The pony spends his life in a field, but Patrick and Sara are convinced that he is not the rogue he is painted. The only way they can think of to rehabilitate Adonis without horrifying every adult around is to ride him in secret, and that brings its own problems.

Note: the paperback is fully illustrated, with all the original Charlotte Hough drawings. The eBook is not illustrated.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Show Jumping Secret

Charles has had polio, which has left him with a damaged leg. Riding, he is told, will help. Charles finds his cousins have radically different views to his on how to ride. Fortunately, hefinds a riding school which teaches him a better way, and at the riding school he finds the grey mare, Secret. Can Charles and Secret overcome their problems and enter the Foxhunter show jumping classes?

Originally published: 1955

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Six Ponies

The Pony Club is presented with six New Forest ponies to break in. How they go about it, and the problems and triumphs they experience, are still just as entertaining and informative as when the book was published over 60 years ago. Six Ponies was Josephine Pullein-Thompson’s first solo novel, and originally appeared in 1946.

Available in eBook and paperback, wilth the full original text. The paperback has all the beautiful Anne Bullen illustrations.

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Josephine Pullein-Thompson: The Radney Riding Club

Henry is in despair. His new horse, Evening Echo, is not going well. It is cold comfort that none of the other local riders seem to be any better. Henry decides he’ll start a riding club, and with the help of Noel, that’s what he does. Can the club manage to learn something and compete at a local one day event?

Like the other books in the series, The Radney Riding Club was cut when it appeared in paperback. The Jane Badger Books editions use the full first edition text, with the paperback having all the original Sheila Rose illustrations.

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Judith M Berrisford: The Cats of Winkle Bay

Marmaduke is a young and enthusiastic kitten who has made his way to Winkle Bay. There are many cats in Winkle Bay already, and not all of them have Marmaduke’s best interests at heart. Marmaduke wants to find his place in the world, and decides that it will be as a ship cat, but that doesn’t go as planned. Will he ever find a proper home?

The Cats of Winkle Bay was originally published in the 1950s, and has become very rare.

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Judith M Berrisford: The Far-From-Home Cats

Marmaduke and his friends are wandering around Winkle Bay one day when they see a removal van. Could there be mice? Is it worth investigating? In they go, but then the door is closed, and that cats are whisked away, miles from Winkle Bay. Can they find their way back? They have a lot to contend with, from cat thieves to cars.

This is the sequel to The Cats from Winkle Bay, and was originally published in the 1950s. It’s even harder to find than the first book, so we’re delighted to bring this charming cat story back for a new audience.

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Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat: Ponies and Caravans

Although published during World War II, in this book the only dark clouds are little ones, and they soon blow over. There’s a journey down to Dartmoor to buy some of the best Dartmoor ponies in the country. The charmed world in this book has a particular poignancy when you realise its earliest readers were living a life of rationing, bombing raids and the threat of invasion. Ponies and Carvans must have seemed like a glimpse into another, and kindlier world.

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Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat: Sea Ponies

Sea Ponies is a wonderful holiday story set by the sea. Poor Roger has not been able to go away with his parents because of his ill health, and so he must stay with his Aunt Matilda. Aunt Matilda has firm opinions on many things, and Roger lives a sad and restricted life, until he meets Chris, and Bunch, and Miss Rhoda and their ponies, dogs, cats and rabbits. First published in 1935, this story was based on the life one of the authors lived herself on the Sussex coast.

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Marjorie Mary Oliver & Eva Ducat: The Ponies of Bunts

John and Diana live in London, but it doesn’t make them happy. When they visit Miss Fairfax, who lives in the English countryside with a glorious mixture of ponies and other animals,  they soon learn to ride, and cast off the shackles of their town life. First published in 1933, The Ponies of Bunts is an utterly charming story – an escape into another country where good triumphs and there is always a Dartmoor pony at the end of the drive.

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Patience McElwee: Dark Horse

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Patience McElwee: Match Pair

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