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A Stable for Jill

The second of the Jill books, in which Jill has to spend the summer with her cousin Cecilia. Who is a blot. But Jill finds pony-loving company, and with them, starts a stable.

 

Jill has plans for the summer holidays, but her mother has been invited to go to America for three months to read her children’s books to summer camps: this means Jill has to go to stay with her Aunt Primrose and her cousin Cecilia, both of them resolutely unhorsey. Out on a walk, Jill meets Bar, Mike and Pat Walters, children of the vicarage, and in despair because their father wants to sell their pony, Ballerina, as they can’t afford to keep her. Jill decides the only way they can keep Ballerina is to earn money with her. There are plenty of empty stables at the vicarage, so why not start a stable? The Walters borrow three horses from their uncle, who is away. Their first clients are a mixed bag – one disappears without paying the bill – but at least there are clients. Jill’s mother has given her some money to buy a second pony, but she uses it to buy a 15hh grey mare, Begorrah, at the local horse sale. There is some money left over, and they buy the wretchedly mistreated Pedro. Cecilia has her birthday and Jill gives her Fair Isle gloves she has knitted herself – a girl of many talents. The stables go well, and they decide to put on an Open Day. The Walters’ father arrives back during the Open Day, and is rather stunned to find his vicarage turned into a stable. It has to stop (they cannot run a commercial enterprise from a vicarage). The stable’s best client, Major Foster, buys Begorrah and Pedro. He decides to give a gymkhana and tea, Ballerina does not have to be sold, and Jill’s mother arrives back early. She has met people on the boat who have a showjumper for sale…..

The Jill series by Ruby Ferguson
Jill’s Gymkhana, 1949
A Stable for Jill, 1951
Jill Has Two Ponies, 1952
Jill Enjoys Her Ponies, 1954 (later republished as Jill and The Runaway)
Jill’s Riding Club, 1956
Rosettes for Jill, 1957
Jill and the Perfect Pony, 1959
Pony Jobs for Jill, 1960 (later republished as Challenges for Jill)
Jill’s Pony Trek, 1962

Printing history of A Stable for Jill
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1951, illus Caney
Dodd Mead, New York, 1952, illus Caney
Foyle’s Children’s Book Club, London, date uncertain, illus Caney
Hampton Library, illus Caney
Armada, 1960s (date uncertain), illus Caney
Knight, 1968, illus Bonar Dunlop (two cover variants exist)
Knight, 1974, cover W D Underwood, internal illustrations Bonar Dunlop
Hodder, 1974, hardback with photographic cover, frontis Elisabeth Grant, internal illustrations Bonar Dunlop
Knight, 1982, illus Bonar Dunlop
Knight, 1991
Compilation: Jill’s Gymkhana and A Stable for Jill, Hodder & Stoughton, 1991
Hodder, 1993
Compilation: Jill’s Gymkhana and A Stable for Jill, Hodder & Stoughton, 1994
Hodder, 1996, cover Adrian Lascom
Fidra Books, Edinburgh, 2009, illus Caney

 

            

 

 

 

 

                   

 

Year published

London, 1951

Illustrator

Caney

Author

Ferguson, Ruby

Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton

Series

Jill