Ponies, ponies, ponies
Betty Cavanna (Elizabeth Allen Cavanna, 1901 -
Finding the books: Spurs for Suzanna and Spring Comes Riding were both published in the UK, and are reasonably affordable here. In the USA, Banner Year is very cheap and easy to find as a paperback, and reasonably affordable in
hardback. Lasso Your Heart is affordable as an ex-
Links and sources
Betty Cavanna’s papers are held by the University of Southern Mississippi; the de Grummond collection.
She wrote the Connie Blair mystery series under the pseudonym Betsy Allan, and this link provides more information on the series.
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau and Lisa Catz for all their help with this page.
Spurs for Suzanna
Westminster, Philadelphia, 1947, (left), illus Virginia Mann
Junior Literary Guild, possibly 1947
Lutterworth, Guildford, 1948 (right), illus Stanley Lloyd
Sue thinks she loves horses and the country, and is delighted when
she is invited to High Acres Farm. Alas, she can’t seem to do
anything right, and the more she tries, the worse it gets. She is
especially scared of jumping, but one day decides to conquer
Spring Comes Riding
Westminster, Philadelphia, 1950, cover art uncredited
Lutterworth, Guildford, 1952
Meg feels she’s the odd one out: good with horses, but not people. She feels
inferior next to her pretty, charming, sister Joanna, and Joanna brooks no
interference or rivalry from Meg when it comes to men, or anything else either.
Eventually Meg learns that Joanna is as she is, and that she isn’t the only one
who sees the truth about Joanna.
Lasso Your Heart
Westminster, Philadelphia, 1952, cover art Harold Minton
Book Club edition (right)
Prue has to leave her mare Feather near her foaling time in order to attend her cousin Cissy’s
big party, but she decides that she is glad that she is getting better acquainted with Cissy and
William Morrow 1987, cover art Jon Weiman
Troll, pb, 1988
“Starting her sophomore year on Martha's Vineyard, Cindy thinks the only thing she really cares
about is a beautiful black horse she works with at a nearby farm, until she meets the new boy Tad.”
Wanted, a Girl for the Horses
Morrow, New York, 1984
When Charlotte is asked to leave her private boarding school, she takes the unusual job of girl
groom with an elderly couple who used to be rich, but are now barely making ends meet.