Mel Ellis (1912 - 1984) also wrote under the name Melvin Richard Ellis, though the majority of his books were written as Mel Ellis. The Wild Horse Killers was filmed as Wild Horse Hank in 1979, starring a young Linda Blair (later to win fame as the heroine of The Exorcist). Mel Ellis wrote some episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, as well as numerous children’s books.
Finding the book:easy to find in the USA; not quite as easy to find in its British incarnation.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1976, 191 pp
Scholastic, pb, 1976
Star Books, London, 1980, 192 pp
“When Sandra Bradford starts out to drive a band of wild horses on a hazardous journey to federal lands, it doesn’t matter to her that her own horse Rimrock is running with them, it only matters that this is the only way to protect them all from the wild horse killers.”