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Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown (1939 - 1998) produced the Jean Shepherd Show, and co-owned Staggerwing Productions. She married Jean Shepherd, her second husband, in 1977. Leigh Brown rode professionally, and was a member of the Professional Horseman's Association. She wrote one novel, as far as I am aware, Show Gypsies. This is a funny and accurate portrayal of life on the American A Circuit, and is aimed at adults. The book is much loved by those who have read it, and it seems ripe for republishing.


Finding the book: not published in the UK; the book is scarce and expensive in the USA


Links and sources

Leigh Brown and Jean Shepherd

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.

Reviews of the book on Amazon.com

Bibliography - horse books only

The Show Gypsies

Mason Charter, New York, 1975, 354 pp



Diane Gallagher, with her trainer Dave MacKenzie, decides to go for a horse show career. Based
in the world of the American A circuit, in the 1970s, with “hard work, hard drinking and endless
travelling,” Diane aims for the United States Equestrian team.