Ponies, ponies, ponies
Rachel Rivers Coffey
A Horse Like Mr Ragman
Scribner, New York, 1977, 149 pp
Scholastic, paperback, 1980
Elizabeth is 12, and she dreams of owning a horse like Eva’s. Eva is rich, and keeps her beautiful
horse at the stable that Elizabeth rides at. When Elizabeth’s father finally buys her a horse, it’s
nothing like Eva’s. It’s a shaggy pinto, and Elizabeth is thoroughly embarrassed, until his talents
Rachel Rivers Coffey was a newspaperwoman and writer. Her father, R C Rivers, owned the Watauga Democrat, a weekly newspaper located in Boone, and Watauga County’s oldest business. Rachel Rivers Coffey and her husband eventually took over the paper. She and her husband were great benefactors; they donated Rivers Park to the community, an area of woodland containing the state’s largest Maple Tree. The family also supported various educational programmes. After Rachel Rivers Coffey died, the family started the Rivers-
Rachel Rivers Coffey wrote one horse book. Her heroine Elizabeth has the classic horsey girl’s longing for a wonderful, competition-
Finding the book: the book is easy to find in the USA. It was not published in the UK.
Links and sources
North Carolina newspapers
The Watauga Democrat
Many thanks to Lisa Catz the photograph and summary.