Nancy Caffrey wrote several pony books, including a series about a brother and sister and their ponies. She started riding at the age of 5, and by 15 was teaching riding at the Hunt Club. She rode professionally, and specialised in riding difficult horses. As a reporter, she covered shows for the Middleburg Chronicle, the Virginia horse weekly.
Somebody’s Pony was her first book, and was illustrated by her childhood friend Jeanne Mellin. The two girls had a childhood pact to write and illustrate a horse book. Both author and artist were members of Margaret Cabell Self’’s famous New Canaan Mounted Troupe, Junior Cavalry of America, and Jeanne Mellin later wrote on the Morgan horse breed.
The book most widely regarded as Caffrey’s best is the fantasy-tinged Mig o’ the Moor, illustrated by Jeanne Mellin, where a mystic Irish stallion helps a boy overcome his fear of race riding.
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for providing all the information in this section.
Finding the books: not a cheap author to collect, alas. Horse Haven, Mig o’ The Moor, Show Pony are very expensive, Somebody’s Pony, Hanover’s Wishing Star, Penny’s Worth, and Pony Duet are expensive, Lost Pony (the paperback version of Somebody’s Pony) is not necessarily cheap for a paperback, but there are plenty of them around. The Uk version of Pony Duet is usually easy to find, and not expensive.
Sources and links:
Dustjacket of Somebody’s Pony