If Wishes Were Horses: Young Riders

Ponymadbooklovers have a good information page on Golden Gorse, as does Jane Badger. The only pony I ever got to Christmas was an Exmoor “adopted” from the Moorland Mousie Trust in Devon, who work to preserve what is now sadly a rare breed. They have commissioned a hardback re-issue of the novel, complete with original …

Blackie the Wonder Horse

Blackie’s claim to fame was doing absolutely nothing. After a sporting career as a cutting horse in the rodeo, he retired to a field in Tiburon, California. He then stood in the same spot, rarely moving and always facing in the same direction, for some 14 years, becoming a local landmark. There is now a …

Reining Monarch

The Daily Mail has a piece on the Queen’s history with horses, as build up to the Derby in June – the Queen owns the current favourite, Carlton House. It includes some lovely photos of her as a girl on a pony or two, and this anecdote: The Archbishop of Canterbury was expecting one of …

Sign of the Times

Thank you to Slaminsky for sending me this sign which she spotted in the window of Le Grenier.  The Institute of the Horse was the original name of the British Horse Society, from which the Pony Club developed as an off-shoot. I suspect that this was rather like a Les Routiers recommendation – should you …

Polo at Maifeld

Thank you to Christoph Curvers and Annika of PACE Magazine for being my guides at my first polo tournament in Berlin. I’ll publish a few photos I took this week, along with some tidbits which are probably familiar to polo fans, but were fresh and fascinating to me, and may be to non-polo-ers who are …

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 …