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Matty and the Moonlight Horse

Matty and the Problem Ponies

Matty and the Racehorse Rescue

Jenni and Holly

The Horse on the Balcony
Dark Horses

The Runaway Horse

Horses in the Gallery
Armada, London, 1990

The exhibition of holographic art didn’t look very exciting from outside, but Mo and Mark had a few
hours to kill. As they looked round, something very strange began to happen: the holograms seemed
to be coming to life.

This is a collection of twenty short horse stories.

The Great Horse Rescue
J A Allen, London, 1996

The local livery yard is demolished to make way for a new DIY centre, and Moya and Sue have to
search for a new home for their ponies. They meet a squatter who is occupying the Grange, and
their ponies become squatters too. Then more and more unwanted horses and ponies find their
way to the Grange, and to top it all the former tenants of the Grange, who left under a cloud, arrive
to collect their ill-gotten gains.

Matty and the Moonlight Horse
Stabenfeldt, 2005, pb

Slow Gallop Press, Ebook format, 2012, (pictured right)

Matty and her best mates, pony mad girl-gang Ronnie, Spike and Gina work
hard at the local stables, hoping for rides. Matty sneaks a ride on a new pony,
to the fury of the pony’s owner. The girls decide to club together to buy a pony
of their own, but adventure results when they find a mysterious bay horse in a

Matty and the Problem Ponies
Stabenfeldt, 2006, pb, 124 pp.

Slow Gallop Press, Ebook format, 2012, (pictured right)

Matty and her friends have a pony to share, and new excitement now that
Matty’s penfriend, Silke, is coming to stay. Unfortunately Silke’s more
interested in Matty’s boyfriend than ponies. Not only is Silke a problem, the
gang’s pony, Comfort, isn’t quite living up to her name.

Matty and the Racehorse Rescue


Slow Gallop Press, Ebook format, 2012, (pictured right - first English language edition)

Matty’s parents have gone off travelling, and her strict aunt, Julia, has come to look after her. To
Aunt Julia, it’s school work that’s important, and not ponies, which means Matty is going to struggle
practising for the race she’s entered.

Bibliography - pony books only

The Horse on the Balcony

Stabenfeldt, 2009, pb, 127 pp.

Jenni has an accident on her beautiful horse Smokey which makes her withdraw from life. Holly
has an accident too, and it alienates her from her family. When a mysterious horse appears on
the balcony of a block of flats, the girls are drawn together by a common goal.

The Runaway Horse

Stabenfeldt, 2010

Heroine Holly is staying with her unfriendly cousins at her aunt’s seaside B&B for the summer. She
pursues a runaway horse and is thrown into danger, ending up in a creepy old mansion on the
cliff top and finding herself attracted to a brooding, secretive boy named Jordan.  But why do her
cousins mistrust him so much?  And what is Holly prepared to risk to keep the runaway horse safe?

Zephyr of Wild Horse Island

Stabenfeldt, 2009, 127 pp.

The story of a wild stallion, trying to find his way home, and the lives of those he meets. There is an
old man, who finds solace in horses; a boy who misses a parent’s love and finds a wonderful
treasure. A shy, disabled artist finds an animal in need which in turn helps her to rediscover love,
and a young girl who dreams of horsey competitions, happens across something that brings her
new hope.


Scared Stiff

Dolphin, London,1997

Sophie’s Jacket

Au Galop!

Gallimard-Jeunesse, 2004

Ride like the Wind

Dolphin, London, 1997

Riding for a Red

Why We Ride

Seal Press, USA, 2010


Dark Horses

Stabenfeldt, 2009, 124 pp.

Jenni takes on two rescue horses, Firebrand and Laser. She thinks they’re perfect, though her
friends Ella and Holly are not so sure. Then one of the horses hurts Ella, and the girls try and find
out why the mysterious Thoroughbred behaves as he does. Through a diary, Holly learns of a
terrible tragedy, and dark secrets. She finds out that her friends are in terrible danger - and she
has to race against time to save them.

Last Chance Horse

Stabenfeldt, 2010, 128 pp.

Kat is a rebellious teenager whose parents are just about ready to give up on her bad behaviour. 
Pagan is an unhappy horse with a tragic and mysterious past who has been branded as trouble. 
When girl and horse meet it seems they are made for each other. But when Pagan is unfairly
blamed for an accident,  Kat soon finds herself in a dangerous life or death situation.


Stabenfeldt, 2004, 125 pp.

Republished as The Horse in My Heart

Ebook format, 2013

Annie meets Elizabeth and her horse, Rocket. They are no ordinary pony-mad
girl and pony: Elizabeth is seriously ill, and thinks Annie is the best person to
take on her horse.


Gemma and the Pony Club Dance

Gemma and the Tattooed Horses

Gemma and the Black Colt
Gemma and the Disappearing Showjumpers

Beware of the Horse

Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 59 pp.

Fifteen year old Jan Bryant is haunted by memories of a tragic riding accident. Consumed by guilt,
she struggles to cope and becomes increasingly withdrawn, much to the concern of her Mum, Irene,
a single parent trying to make a new life for both of them. Disowned by his parents, eighteen year
old Richard has been in trouble with the police, but is taken in by his older brother, Chris. Together,
they run a livery stable and give riding lessons to pay the bills. When their paths cross, Richard
becomes intrigued by the shy, enigmatic Jan, who has a rare gift with horses but seems determined
to keep her distance. Both teenagers are trapped by a past that make it difficult to move on. Like
Cassius, the beautiful, damaged and dangerous bay horse that brings them together.

Gemma and the Black Colt

Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 91 pp.

Gemma’s looking forward to spending summer with Fireworks and the new colt Starchaser. However,
things aren’t going well with Steve, who blames Gemma for a bad fall. And then Gemma meets the
mysterious Kyle, to complicate matters further. Then after disaster strikes Gemma has to try and
raise enough money to stop her losing Starchaser. Her friends come to the rescue, trying everything
to get the money - even agreeing to spend the night in a haunted house for a big reward! After
another catastrophe, Gemma wonders if things can get any worse - and when Kyle's true identity is
revealed she feels betrayed. Has she jeopardised her relationship with Steve for nothing? And how
will she ever get Starchaser back?

Gemma and the Tattooed Horses

Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 84 pp

There’s trouble for Gemma and her friends when they come across stolen treasure, a runaway thief
and a pair of beautiful and mysterious Arabian horses called Sahara and Delphi, who happen to
have peculiar symbols tattooed on them. What can it all mean?

Gemma and the Pony Club Dance

Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 68 pp

Gemma Carlton has a new pony, Fireworks. Gemma’s friends, Callie, Fizz and Kath, and her
boyfriend Steve want to raise funds for the new horse rescue sanctuary by organising a Pony Club
Dance at the community centre but then a gang of vandals cause trouble and put the horses in
danger. Fireworks goes missing - and to make matters worse, Gemma soon suspects her best
friend, Callie, is secretly going out with the ring leader of the gang.

Gemma and the Disappearing Showjumpers

Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 81 pp.

Gemma finds herself without her friends for the summer - and looking after a handful of ponies,
including her beloved Fireworks and Starchaser. But a visit to a castle leads to a chance encounter
with horse-loving Sam and her gorgeous bay mare, Aura. Sam has problems of her own, but will
she let Gemma help?When they both get mixed up with horse thieves while trying to rescue Gemma's
boyfriend, a dangerous moonlight chase ensues - and soon they are galloping for their lives.


Slow Gallop Press, 2013 (ebook), 64 pp.

Fourteen year old Linzi has it all. Or so it seems. She's bright, pretty, popular, lives in a glamorous
clifftop apartment and has her own perfect horse - Ambrose. But appearances can be deceptive....
On the other side of the sleepy seaside town, prickly loner Bex lives in a tiny flat with her widowed
mum above the café they both run. She doesn't want friends - especially not girls like Linzi. Linzi
suspects her rival, Sheldon, who resents her for beating  him to a place in the jumping team, is the
mystery joyrider - someone who takes other peoples horses at night and rides them - and she is
furious when her beloved Ambrose is targeted. However, afterwards, Ambrose seems  different,
in fact better than before. Can the joyrider have a magic touch?