Josephine Pullein-Thompson: Show Jumping Secret

Charles has had polio, which has left him with a damaged leg. Riding, he is told, will help. Charles finds his cousins have radically different views to his on how to ride. Fortunately, hefinds a riding school which teaches him a better way, and at the riding school he finds the grey mare, Secret. Can Charles and Secret overcome their problems and enter the Foxhunter show jumping classes?

Originally published: 1955

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Charles has had polio, which has left him with a damaged leg. Riding, he is told, will help. And so Charles tries to learn to ride on his cousins’ horses. It is a while since Charles had any lessons, but he soon finds out there is a difference between how he was taught and what his cousins are telling him to do. Fortunately, Charles finds a riding school which teaches him a better way, and at the riding school he finds the grey mare, Secret. Can Charles and Secret overcome their problems and enter the Foxhunter show jumping classes?

Originally published: 1955

Reviews

One of my childhood favourites – fun, realistic (relatively!) and a little bit educational. I even named a horse “Secret” because of this book.
Kindle customer

I read this book as a child and felt a little guilty that I enjoyed reading it so much as an ‘old lady’ in my 50’s!!!!! Really thrilled to find it again after so many years ….. and to enjoy reading it as much now as I did then!
Mrs C Furlong

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Printing history
Collins, London, 1955, illus Sheila Rose
Collins Seagull Library, London, 1963
Armada, London, 1969, 1981
Collins Pony Library, London, 1974
Jane Badger Books, 2020

Charles has suffered from polio, which has badly affected one of his legs. Riding is supposed to help him, so he learns to ride. At first, under the auspices of his cousins, this is disastrous, but then he finds a riding school run on more enlightened principles, and matters start to improve. He learns to jump, and then buys the grey mare, Secret. Charles is determined to show jump her successfully.

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Author: Josephine Pullein-Thompson