Horses in Harlem Under Threat

Manhattan’s carriage horses aren’t the only ones whose livelihood is under threat. When the ritzy Claremont Riding Academy on West 89th Street closed down in 2007, many thought that it was the last riding school on the island. Not true. The New York Riding Academy was founded by Dr George Blair in 1988, and offers …

Donkeys, Books, Unicorn Boadiceas and Brixton Ponies

This is my “what I did on my busman’s holiday” post, except that there will be multiple posts because I can’t do multiple slideshows in a single post. My first stop was Dartington Hall, home of this lovely donkey statue. I was giving a talk at the Telegraph‘s Way with Words literary festival – my …

A Woman Who Had a Vision of Ponies for Children in a City Park

Wonderful news: Rose Spearing of Ebony Horse Club in Brixton clocked up an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. I wrote about Rose’s work in If Wishes Were Horses and was back at the yard this March to see their progress. The stables were built, the ponies installed. The kids who’d taken part in …

If Wishes Were Horses: Posh

Ebony Horse Club are a brilliant charity who are really making a difference in their community: the true epitomy of Big Society. Here are some images from the time I spent with them while working on the book in February 2010. They’ve since been able to build their own stable in Coldharbour Ward, Brixton, and …

Bits and Bobs

English50cent translates for 50cent Tetley Tea gives a Spanish gelding called Sydney a lifetime supply of tea A new brumby recycling guide Ebony Horse Club wins an FEI award Mysterious theft of Montana horses’ manes and tails Equine behaviouralists discover that some horses act as “peacemakers” in the herd Mutilating a horse for fashion’s sake, …

Nearly There…

I spent a few windy, wet February days with the brilliant Ebony Horse Club in Brixton earlier this year, as part of the penultimate chapter of my book. I got to see firsthand what great work they’re doing, and to be part of the audience for their Championship Day (winners pictured above). The club has …