Jill Crewe Redux

Fidra Books have just reissued A Stable for Jill, the second title in Ruby Ferguson’s much, much loved series. Fidra are publishing the original text, minus all the politically correct substitutions and removals, and plus some rather lovely new covers.

The Answer to My Childhood Dreams?

JJ’s Junior Jumping make pukkah little show jumps for you to erect in your back garden and leap over with your imaginary horses – stripey poles, plain stands and even a filler to make them more formidable. As a purist I’m a little torn – partly because the eight-year-old me would have wanted proper wings, …

Rivals

Pat Smythe competing at Madison Square Gardens on Prince Hal in 1952 (I think)  against Shirley Thomas of Canada. No hard feelings between Shirley and Pat – they later went on a road trip from Ottowa to Florida together, hunting with every pack they could find on the way.

When Little Girls with Scissors Meet Ponies

This pony belongs to the Horse Rescue Fund in Norfolk, and the little girl at his loan home had decided to tidy him up before he went back to them. I hope to write more about the HRF in the future as they’re one of the longer established horse rescues and part of the fabric …

Parenting the Pony-mad Child

‘Pamela was only a little girl, but she had out-grown dolls and even Teddy Bears. She was her father’s pet, and so she usually got what she wanted. One Sunday, as he was finishing his breakfast and looking forward to a round of golf, she said: “Daddy, please give me a pony.” “Certainly, darling; later …

Nina’s Filly

Last summer I was lucky enough to be introduced to one of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s herds of Konik ponies, who are busy doing conservation work by stuffing themselves silly on grass, rushes, and tree leaves. The material wasn’t right for If Wishes Were Ponies, but I hope to use it in future work. Meantimes, …

A Trail of Hoofprints

    Just under six years ago I left a job I loved because it was about to turn into a job I could no longer love, and a friend suggested that I wrote a book about girls and ponies. As a child I’d been one of the “pony mad but ponyless” masses, as Horse …