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Dorian Williams

Dorian Williams (1914 - 1985) was, to those of us of a certain age, the voice of show jumping. He commentated in the glory days of horses on television, when the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show were on television every evening while the shows were on.

Educated at Harrow, he had an immensely full life: Besides commentating, he was Chairman of the British Horse Society, and instrumental in setting up the National Equestrian Centre at Stoneleigh. He was also Master of the Whaddon Chase. A keen amateur actor, he set up the Pendley Shakespeare Festival, and set up a Centre of Adult Education at Pendley, his family home.

As well as all this, he found time to write, and besides many non-fiction titles, wrote a series or children: the Wendy series, as well as two books, Pancho and Kingdom for a Horse, aimed at adults rather than children. The Wendy series is a solid one. One of my reference books lists a fourth title in the series: Wendy Goes Abroad, but I can find no reference in the copyright libraries to it, or any copy for sale. It seems probable that the book was planned and advertised but publication was cancelled, for whatever reason.

Finding the books: all the books are reasonably easy to find, and generally affordable.

Links and sources
Master of One, an Autobiography, Dent, 1978.

Dorian William’s life at prepschool, and a picture of him as a young boy.

Many thanks to Amanda for her help with the pictures.

The Wendy Series

Wendy Wins a Pony

Wendy Wins Her Spurs

Wendy at Wembley

Wendy Wins a Pony
Burke, 1961, illus Mary Gernat

Wendy enters a picture in a competition, and wins the first prize, Smiley, a pony of her very own.
Smiley needs somewhere to live, so Wendy gets her first job, where she will be able to keep him
She is introduced to the thrills of a point-to-point and to watching a new-born foal find its feet. She
has times both happy and sad.

Wendy Wins her Spurs
Burke, 1962, illus Sheila Rose

Wendy graduates from her pony to a horse whom she names Ebony but with whom she has little

success. In spite of this, Wendy is destined to win her spurs and the excitement of the story
mounts when she is suddenly faced with the challenge of riding Tinkerbell. This supreme test is
made still more thrilling by the fact that it comes to Wendy during a day at the White City.

Wendy at Wembley
Burke, 1963, illus Juliette Palmer

Wendy makes friends with a new pupil at Harcourt Hall, Robbie MaDonald, who has come to
train for the Horse of the Year Show, but his sister Geraldine is a very different matter. She
dislikes Wendy and her friend Deirdre, but even that can’t spoil their excitement when they take
part in the Pony Club Jorrocks Display at Wembley.

Pancho, the Story of a Horse
Dent, 1967, illus Owen Ward
White Lion, 1976

Mr Garrard bought Pancho on the spot to replace his hunter, even though the
horse had no background, no warranty and no name. The whole family fell
under Pancho’s spell. He seemed excellent in all respects, so why then was
he sold without a warranty?

Kingdom for a Horse

Dent, London, 1967. Illus Val Biro

Dai has looked after the horse Christo all his life, but after Christo’s owner dies, Dai decides to
use all his savings to buy the horse. Leaving his wife, he decides the only place Christo will be
safe is Dai’s childhood home in Wales, so he and the horse set off to ride there. When Dai
reaches Wales, nothing is as he remembered it, but an old hovel is still there, as in his childhood,
and there the two seek sanctuary.


Clear Round - the Story of Show jumping

and many other non-fiction titles

Dorian Williams - Point-to-Point (an excerpt from Pancho)

My Favourite Horse Stories (Edited Dorian Williams)

Lutterworth Press, Guildford, 1968, hb

Beaver, London, pb, 1976, 158pp.

Bibliography - pony books only

Short stories