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The Sagebrush Filly

Alfred A Knopf/Junior Literary Guild, 1950, 184 pp, illus Earl Mayan

Kirkus review

Ten-year-old Rick and his sister, Jin, are orphans who live with their grandmother. They are given
an orphan filly they name Pidge. When their grandmother needs an operation, they sell the mare.
When Gram finds out, she refuses to take the money. When the man comes to pick up Pidge, she
tries to return it, but the man refuses to give the mare up. Rick and Jin are upset when the man

whips Pidge to make her leave. They are just starting to accept their loss, when the man returns
to say that Pidge has been nothing but trouble, and now has run away. If they find her, he will sell
her back to them.


Eugenia Stone (1879 - 1971) was born in Nevada and educated at universities in southern California. She has a lengthy writing career which spanned many decades and took in historical fiction as well as ranch literature. Her first book Jane and the Owl (1920) was written under the name Gene Stone, and she continued writing about the open country of America in her horse story, Sagebrush Filly, (1960).


Finding the book: reasonably easy to find.


Links and sources

Eugenia Stone’s papers are at the de Grummond collection

Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography

Thank you to Lisa Catz for the photograph and summary

Bibliography - horse books only

Eugenia Stone