The best laid plans of mice and men …
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 …
If I Could Ride also includes a short story about the showing family: Celebration. Caroline wrote three short stories about the family, all of which were published in the Pony Magazine Annual. They are tricky for the collector to track down, so I’m delighted to be able to include one each in these republished books.
If I Could Ride is the third of Caroline Akrill’s Showing series about Caroline and her cousins, and was first published in 1979.
Have really enjoyed getting stuck into this series – set in the 70s, it has been a blast of nostalgia as much as a good read. I know there are a huge number of fans of the Fanes and the Eventing trilogy out there, but I actually preferred these characters and this series. Loved the bonus of a reprinted short story at the end of each book too! There is a small tragedy about two-thirds of the way through so have your hankies at the ready; and although the ending came as no surprise (as we are primed for it throughout) the nature of it certainly caught me wrong-footed, and it felt a little abrupt – maybe Caroline Akrill might consider a fourth book …? Pretty please … (Nogginthenog)
And yes, Caroline has written a fourth story! Inside Pegasus is available from Jane Badger Books too.
Author: Caroline Akrill