Brockhampton Press, Leicester, 1958, illus Biro, 88 pp.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1980, 88 pp.
In Brandlebury, everyone works in the mines, but 15-year-old Andy wants to be a vet. Andy’s miner father is determined to send Andy to college. Andy often visits the wild mountain ponies, and is particularly fond of one he calls Piper. Andy’s father then has an accident, and Andy has to go and work in the mines to make ends meet. There he finds Piper is now there as a pit pony, and the two work together. The mine often sends their ponies to shows to prove how well they are looked after. Andy tries to take Piper to a show, but he cannot cope with the world outside the mine. Andy takes out his disappointment on Piper. Piper later saves Andy’s life, but injures his leg, and has to be sent out of the mine to recover. Andy is then able to take him to a show.
Thank you to Lisa Catz for the photograph and summary.