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George Rutherford Montgomery

The Golden Stallion Series

The Capture of the Golden Stallion

The Golden Stallion’s Revenge

The Golden Stallion to the Rescue

The Golden Stallion’s Victory

The Golden Stallion and the Wolf Dog

The Golden Stallion’s Adventure at Redstone

The Golden Stallion and the Mysterious Feud

Midnight, Wild Stallion of the West

H Holt & Co, New York, 1940, illus
Jacob Bates Abbott
Grosset & Dunlap, 1940

Hutchinson, London, 1944

Scholastic (numerous pb edns, right)

The old squatter Sam is accused of stealing
Lady Ebony, but it is years before the truth is
revealed:  the horse was stolen by a chestnut

Rough Riders Ho!

David McKay, Philaelphia, 1946, illus E Franklin Wittmack

The Capture of the Golden Stallion

Little Brown, Boston, 1951, illus George Giguere
As The Golden Stallion:
Grosset & Dunlap Famous Horse Stories picture cover edition 1951
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1954, illus George Giguere

First of the series, in which our hero captures the golden stallion.

George Rutherford Montgomery was born on April 12, 1894, North Dakota, and died on July 3, 1985.  He is best known in the UK for his Golden Stallion series, which was printed by Hodder & Stoughton.  Our local library had copies of the books when I was a child, and I can remember exactly which shelf they were on; tucked in at the bottom on a little separate set of shelves.  I read them and re-read them, and loved this exotic world of the American West.  Charlie Carter owns the palomino stallion, Golden Boy, who runs with a herd of mares on the Bar L ranch.  The other notable horse in the books is Trey Spot, Charlie’s black saddle mare.

Rutherford’s most critically acclaimed book was not a horse title:  Kildee House was a Newbery Award Honor Book in 1950. According to the Gaia Community, ‘when asked “What do you do when you reach a block in your writing?” he tersely replied: “Start another paragraph.”’

Montgomery learned about animals while growing up at the family farm.  He studied for three years at the Western State College of Colorado, and was in the United States Air Corps during the First World War, from 1917-1918.  He worked as a Judge from 1932-1937, becoming a freelance writer in 1938.  

Finding the books: relatively easy  to find in both their UK and USA printings.

Sources and links:  
Some of his papers  are kept in the De Grummond Collection,
University of Southern Mississippi.

Terri Wear:  Horse Stories - An Annotated Bibliography

Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau, Lisa Catz, Fiona Williams
and Alison MacCallum for all their help with the pictures.

Bibliography - horse books only

The Golden Stallion’s Revenge

Little Brown, Boston, 1953, illus George Giguere
Grosset & Dunlap Famous Horse Stories picture cover edition 1953

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1955, illus George Giguere

White Lion, 1976, hb

Ellen visits the Bar L ranch for the summer.  An artist is very keen
on Ellen.  Charlie, meanwhile, has to search for Golden Boy and
his herd.

The Golden Stallion to the Rescue
Little Brown, Boston, 1954, illus George Giguere

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1956, illus George Giguere

White Lion, 1973, hb

The future of the Bar L Ranch is threatened, and Charlie plays his

part in a blinding snowstorm, in a duel with a mountain lion and in
the fight against family troubles.

The Golden Stallion’s Victory
Little Brown, Boston, 1956, illus George Giguere

Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1961
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1957, illus George Giguere

White Lion, London, 1974, 207 pp.

Golden Boy starts stealing mares from a new neighbour’s ranch.

The Golden Stallion and the Wolf Dog
Little Brown, Boston, 1958, illus Percy Leason

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1958, illus Percy Leason

White Lion, 1973, hb, 210 pp.

A wild stallion has been troubling Golden Boy.  When Charlie tries to track the
stallion down, he meets a Mexican boy and his wolf dog.  

A Horse for Claudia and Dennis

By Kenoyer, Natlee, and Montgomery, George Rutherford, illus Carol Wetmore
Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York, 1958

The sequel to this story, Claudia's Five Dollar Horse, Kenoyer wrote alone.  It has much better
artwork, by Everett Raymond Kinstler.

The Golden Stallion’s Adventure at Redstone

Little Brown, Boston, 1959, illus George Giguere

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1960, illus George Giguere

White Lion, 1974, hb

Charlie goes to Redstone to help his Uncle who has been injured.  It turns out the
injury was no accident, but an attempt to steal Uncle Martin’s mares.

Hawthorn Books, 1962 (also another listed in the National Library of Congress:
Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York, 1962)

Harry de Leyer buys a big grey horse who should be capable of carrying the heftier girls who ride at
his Knox School.  However, the horse he has rescued from slaughter turns out to have rather more to
him than Harry expected.

El Blanco: The Legend of the White Stallion
Golden Press, New York, 1961, illus Gloria Stevens

Purnell, London, 1962

“The ancient Aztecs worshipped a white stallion they called El Blanco, and believed he brought the
rain. Now an old man stands amid the stones of an ancient Aztec temple, and watches as a
silvery-white colt stands. The old man thinks of his parched fields, and wonders if El Blanco has
returned again. He sends the horse away from the valley, to keep him safe from the horse-hunters,
and the colt grows strong and wise.”
stallion, and the leader of his own herd, one day he returns to the valley where he meets Lopez, the

horse-hunter, in a test of cunning and strength.”

The Golden Stallion and the Mysterious Feud
Little Brown, Boston, 1967, illus Albert Michini

Brockhampton Press,  Leicester, 1970, illus Albert Michini

White Lion, 1974, hb

In this, the last Golden Stallion adventure, a new family move into an abandoned
farm next to the Bar L Ranch.  The farmer’s son, Matt, likes to make trouble, and
a feud soon erupts.  Charlie and Pedro think the evidence all points one way:  
Matt is guilty, but in the end they find looks can be deceiving.

Big Red, a Wild Stallion

Caldwell, Idaho, 1971, illus Pers Crowell

Eddy and his father are trying to catch the poachers who are after the stallion Big Red.  The poachers
decide that they only way to get what they want is to rid themselves of their pursuers.

Crazy Kill Range
World Publishing Company, 1963, Cleveland, 192 pp, illus Lorence Bjorklund

A black mare escapes from her corral so she can have her foal in seclusion, but she is captured by a band of wild horses led by Big Baldy, and she and her colt Ebony have to face the dangers of the wild.

The Stubborn One

Duell, 1965

“Brett struggles to keep his ranch running with the help of some friends so that his uncle won’t sell his horse
Big Red and the cattle in an attempt to turn Brett’s ranch into a resort.”

The Capture of West Wind

Duell, 1962

“Young Sioux Indian Gray Eagle plans to capture the pinto stallion West Wind to tame and use as
a buffalo horse, but the rest of his tribe still thinks of the horse as just another source of meat.”

Right - the Newbery Award Honor book Kildee House