Max Parrish, London, 1966, cover art Margaret Timney
Jane has outgrown her first pony, Welsh Mountain, Frosty, but there’s no money to buy another one. So, she decides to make the money herself, and eventually decides to do this by boarding dogs. This of course brings its own problems, especially when Aunt Dorothy’s out of control terrier Rip turns out to be a sheep chaser. Then officialdom stops the dog boarding business, but Jane manages to find work as a kennel maid. After her father boosts the Pony Fund, they go to choose a pony, but Barleycorn, whom Jane has been longing for, has gone. Instead, she chooses Lassie, who is unsafe, the dealer thinks, and bound for the knacker’s. Lassie turns out to be a quite spectacular jumper, and Barleycorn’s new owners try and exchange him for Lassie. Jane will have none of it.