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Five Proud Riders

Hamish Hamilton, London, 1937.  Illus Bobri.

Puffin Story Books, pb, 1953, illus Charlotte Hough

A A Knopf, New York, 1938, 291 pp.  


Jill and Andy Meadows, their cousin Nigel, and their friends Gay and John set off on a trek across the New Forest.
This trek is supposed to teach them, and their cousin Nigel in particular, to fend for themselves, which they
certainly do.  The usual alarums and excursions happen:  Nigel’s pony is stolen, and they manage to thwart a
cunning bit of espionage.

Bibliography - Pony Books Only

Pony for Sale

Hamish Hamilton, London, 1939, 306 pp.  Illus Bobri.

A A Knopt, New York, 1939,

Hamish Hamilton, Big Reindeer Books, 1963 - revised.  Illus Marian Bryant


This is a story about Duster, a real New Forest Pony owned by the author’s son.


“Felicity, Peter, and Meg Morton, along with a school friend John, spend their holidays with

 an aunt, who runs a kennel. The Morton children own their own ponies, but each holiday, John
 rents a pony named Duster from a local farmer. When the children arrive for the summer
holidays, they find there is a new rival kennel, undercutting Aunt Mary‘s prices, run by an
unscrupulous man named Mr. Hinkler. When John goes to collect Duster, he is told that he is
 about to be sold to Mr. Hinkler. The children then have to try and earn enough to buy Duster
themselves. Time is running out, and their last chance rests with Aunt Mary’s top Scottie,
Hamish, who is sure to win prizes at the upcoming show. But right before the show, Hamish goes missing.