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.
Interesting characters (including the horses and ponies), well paced with humour and drama throughout. Informative without becoming an instruction manual. I read this as an adult and enjoyed it and I think that many ponyholics of all ages would also enjoy it.
Pony Club Team
The Radney Riding Club
One Day Event
Pony Club Camp
Collins, London, 1951, illus Sheila Rose
Knight, Leicester, 1970
Armada, London, 1981
Swift, London, 1987, hb
Jane Badger Books, 2019
Author: Josephine Pullein-Thompson