Hazel M Peel: Dido and Rogue

Will Rogue be the one horse for whom Ann and Jim have to admit defeat?

Ann and Jim Henderson have bred two very different horses. Sweet-tempered Dido can turn on a sixpence and brake alarmingly fast: all very useful for a polo pony. But Rogue is different. He has been difficult since birth, and the older he grows, the more menacing he becomes. His very survival depends on whether Ann and Jim can find the key to him.

Originally published: 1967

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Darius the Eventer
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When I read this many years ago it was one of my favourites of the Leysham Stud series. Republished by Jane Badger Books so rereading it today I still enjoyed it. The characters are consistent though maybe a little stereotypical. The horses are terrific . Dido is sweet and clever though Rogue is a nightmare. He is dealt with very strongly! (wouldn’t be recommended management nowadays but this book is of its time) The storyline is interesting. A good book I think. (Dawn)

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Publishing history
Harrap, London, 1967, illus Phyllida Legg, 174 pp.

Rogue is one of Ann and Jim’s breeding, but he is horribly vicious and they are almost in despair over what to do with him. Eventually they decide to harness race him, which seems to suit his temperament. The mare Dido becomes a polo pony.

The Leysham Stud series
Pilot the Hunter
Pilot the Chaser
Easter the Showjumper
Night Storm the Flat Racer
Dido and Rogue
Gay Darius

Earlier editions


Author: Hazel M Peel