Ponies, ponies, ponies
John Richard Young
John Richard Young wrote only four fictional books, which together made up the Don Revere and Raffy series. Raffy is an Arabian stallion, who is certainly a multi-
John Richard Young is also well known for his non-
Finding the books: none of the books are cheap, though all are usually available in America. As is usual with American books, it is quite hard to find copies which are not ex-
Links and sources
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for the information and pictures in this section.
Arabian Cow Horse
Wilcox and Follett Company, Chicago, 1953, illus Lorence Bjorklund
A sceptical Don Revere is convinced by new neighbours that Arabians are suitable for
ranch work...he acquires the young stallion Raffy from them.
Champion of the Cross 5
Westminster 1955, Philadelphia, cover art Bill Wickham
The Arab stallion Raffy is trained and competes as a reining horse. (For the uninitiated,
think a Western version of dressage, in which the horse is completely obedient to the rider,
responding to virtually invisible aids).
Arizona Cutting Horse
Westminster 1956, Philadelphia, cover art uncredited
Raffy is trained as a cutting horse.... The best way to describe such a horse is to say
"a Border Collie that you ride.” The rider indicates which steer the rider wants cut from the herd,
and the horse must react/respond to the steer's actions with independent thought and action
of his own....the antithesis of a reining horse. Don acquires a second horse, the Irish bred
Thoroughbred mare Clonmella.
Westminster 1957, Philadelphia, cover art by Stanley Dersh
Don begins training Clonmella for Olympic eventing, using Raffy as his backup horse
...three guesses on which horse makes good?
The Schooling of the Western Horse
Univ of Oklahoma, 1954
Schooling for Young Riders
Univ of Oklahoma, 1970