Ives Washburn, New York, 1962, illus Charles W. Walker. 135 pp.
Hugh is not impressed by the Colonel’s horses: he is on his way to Philadelphia
to get a job. The Colonel offers Him a bed for the night, and Hugh decides to stay
on when he meets the Colonel’s young riding pupils. Their enthusiasm is infectious;
Hugh accepts a job (“temporarily”) and gradually becomes absorbed in the world of
Finally achieving his ambition to jump.
Elizabeth Harrover Johnson was born in Manassas, Virginia, and later lived on a farm
in Princeton, New Jersey. Living on a farm helped with
her research: as well as
her husband and three children, she had several horses, sheep and various other animals.
, Elizabeth Harrover Johnson wrote four horsebooks: two are aimed at teenagers,
and the two about Beth and her Shetland pony are aimed at younger readers.
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for all her help with this section.
Finding the books: all the books are easy to find, and not generally expensive.
None of the books were published in the UK.
Links and Sources: Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibilography, Scarecrow
Dustjacket of Old Quarry Fox
Bibliography - horse books only
The Old Quarry Fox Hunt
Ives Washburn, New York, 1964, illus Sam Savitt, 125 pp.
Charlie Chase spends more time in trouble than not in school. He is staying with
his grandparents, and doesn’t see why he should sort himself out as he is only a visitor.
However, he becomes involved when a friend is told he has to do a team sport. Charlie
suggests hunting.; which they can combine with looking for a box of stolen money. Charlie
does have to learn to ride, however, in order to make all this possible.
The Pony That Didn’t Grow
Ives Washburn, New York, 1963, illus Richard Lewis, 62 pp.
Beth is given a Shetland when she is 8. She’s told the pony will grow a lot taller,
so hopes as she looks after the money during the winter, that he will.
Christy Finds a Rider
Ives Washburn, New York, 1965, illus Sam Savitt, 89 pp.
Beth’s pony hasn’t grown, so she drives him rather than rides him. He then finds
a new lease of life when a tiny girl, Tina, wants to ride him.