Ponies, ponies, ponies
Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1955, illus by Frank Hubbard
Transworld Books, Scottie series, London, 1956
Ponce, an Apache, helps the mare Desert Storm to recover from a broken leg so that he can race
Dodd, Mead and Company 1958, New York, illus by Jessie Forster
Ponce manages to catch and tame a wild stallion, Victorio, but when he races the horse, he is claimed by
Tamarlane: Strange Son of Desert Storm
Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1959, illus by Gerald McCann
Desert Storm is about to have a foal, and Ponce has high expectations for it. However, the colt
is born with a club foot, and even though Joto has predicted the colt will be a success, Ponce
can’t bring himself to believe it.
Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1960, illus Gerald McCann
Ponce manages to win the Triple Crown on Tamarlane (bit of a spoiler -
to find problems. Desert Storm’s filly has managed to wound several other horses, so Ponce
decides to take her out to Arizona with him to try and heal them both.
Logan Forster was a horseman, but also wrote of Native American culture. He wrote one series, with the main character an Apache teenage boy, Ponce, and one standalone book, about a white teenage runaway boy, called Run Fast, Run Far. All of the books feature racing in some form, though the track is only a small part of the setting.
Finding the books: only Desert Storm was published in the UK, in the Transworld Scottie series in paperback. It is not impossible to find, but it doesn’t pop up that often. All of the other titles are hard to find, and expensive. If you can read German, some of them were translated and they are cheap and easy to find.
Links and sources
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau and Lisa Catz for photographs and information.
Run Fast! Run Far!
Dodd, Mead and Company 1962, New York, illus by Gerald McCann
The Apache Series