Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Pony Club Team

Major Holbrooke’s friends challenge him to prove that the West Barsetshire Pony Club can improve. The only way of making sure that they do is by taking them back to basics and running a course for them: it’s dressage all the way. Nothing runs smoothly, of course, and when the Major’s nephew, Henry, arrives, sparks fly.

This edition uses the full first edition text: the paperback editions were cut. The paperback includes all the beautiful original Sheila Rose drawings.

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Henry is in despair. His new horse, Evening Echo, is not going well. It is cold comfort that none of the other local riders seem to be any better. Henry decides he’ll start a riding club, and with the help of Noel, that’s what he does.

Josephine Pullein-Thompson gives us another cast of wonderful characters: Alex, cursed with a pony so terrible he seems to have no redeeming features; Christo, whose black mare is only rarely under control, Eric, whose cob, Princess is under such rigid control she barely breaks out of a canter, and Paulina, who prefers to waft about looking pretty than put any effort into riding well.

Can the club manage to learn something and compete at a local one day event?

Like the other books in the series, The Radney Riding Club was cut when it appeared in paperback. The Jane Badger Books editions use the full first edition text, with the paperback having all the original Sheila Rose illustrations.


Lovely to read an old favourite on kindle. Josephine

An excellent and beautifully written book for any seriously pony mad child who wishes to improve their pony and their riding skills. Penny

The series

Six Ponies
Pony Club Team
The Radney Riding Club
One Day Event
Pony Club Camp

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Printing history
Collins, London, 1950, illus Sheila Rose
Collins, London, 1956
Armada, London, 1973, 1977
Collins Pony Library, 1973
Swift, London, 1987
Fidra Books, 2009
eBook, Jane Badger Books, 2019

Earlier editions




Author: Josephine Pullein-Thompson