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Diana Pullein-Thompson: Short stories

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SHORT STORIES & ARTICLES
Cocktail Capitulates
Riding Magazine, January, 1941, written with Diana and Christine
A ruined pony is rehabilitated.

The Road to Ruin
Riding Magazine, Summer, 1942, written with Diana and Christine
A pony goes to the bad.

From a Trainer’s Casebook
Pony Magazine 1951-1952
A series of pieces on horses and ponies Diana trained.

Nearly an Expert
Collins Magazine Annual Volume 5 1952, illus Anne Bullen
Reprinted in Pony Stories, selected by Ian Woodward, Corgi, 1983
“Marjorie and Conker are ready for the Meet, smart, eager, confident.  Then comes a bitter disappointment.”

Looking After Jenny
Pony Club Book 7, 1956, illus William Stobbs
Even the best people make mistakes sometimes…

Lost in the Hills of Scotland
Pony Club Book 8 1957
Non fiction piece on DPT’s long distance ride on her mare, Favorita. This was possibly (though I haven’t a copy to hand to prove it) the piece that appeared as Lost on the Moors in True Horse and Pony Stories.

Lettie Lonsdale
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
An extract from A Pony for Sale, 1951

Please Tame Him
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
The story of Jason and Jane, who live at an animal sanctuary. For the first time, they take on a pony.

The Ponies Must Go
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
The mine closes, Megan’s father loses his job, and the ponies must be sold.

Life and Death
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
A girl’s pony is stolen by gypsies, but all is not as it seems. A story where the gypsies are not, as they are in nearly all pony books, the villains.

A Sixth Sense
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
Thunderbird jibs and refuses to go on, but it turns out he had a very good reason.

The Gentle Giants
The Pullein-Thompson Treasury, Award, 1995
Two working horses, now redundant from the farm, are sold by their arrogant boss, who soon has cause to be grateful to the creatures he dismissed as out of date.

 

Diana Pullein-Thompson