Ponies, ponies, ponies
Chris St John
Chris St John is a pseudonym. The Blue Ribbon series was printed in the late 1980s, and is about teenagers Kate, Dara and Jessie and their fight to rise through the ranks.
Finding the books: all the books in the series are easy to find, particularly in the US. Some titles are harder to track down in the UK.
Links and sources
Man thanks to Hannah Fleetwood for the photographs.
Fawcett, New York, 1989
Bantam Press, 1990
The Olympics. It's Kate's dream -
a fantasy or a possibility? The summer at Langwalds Training camp will be the real test. At Langwald,
all Kate and Dara do is eat, sleep and ride horses. It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it -
Dara, who seems to improve daily. For Kate it's her greatest challenge yet as she's forced to look to
the future and decide to go for gold, no matter what.”
A Horse Of Her Own
Ballantine, New York, 1989.
Bantam, 1990, 131 pp.
“Jessie loves to ride, but she's not out to win rosettes. Her family and Time-
that she exercises, take first place in her heart. Jessie has a lot to be happy about -
of her own. Her best friends Kate and Dara own their horses and they have plans for Jessie -
that don't include Time-
and discovers that anything is possible if you don't give up!”
Fawcett Girls Only, Cloverdale Press, New York, 1989
Bantam, 1990, 131 pp
“Everything Dara touches turns to gold -
in school to blue ribbons in the ring, to dating the most popular boy at Smithfield High, Dara always
comes out a winner. But lately Dara seems to be losing her magic touch. The riding competition
is getting fierce-
falling apart. What will it take to put the sparkle back in Dara's life?”
Ballantine, New York, 1989, 135 pp.
Bantam, 1990, 135 pp.
“The first horse show of the season is here, and Kate is in a panic. Her horse ,Night Owl, isn't
performing well in the ring, and her toughest competitor is a beautiful new girl from school (Dara).
What else could go wrong? Kate just wants to hide out in the stables, but all her friends -
a special admirer -
horse and ride into the arena. After all it's what she loves most in the world.”
Time Out For Jessie
Fawcett Girls Only, Cloverdale Press, New York, 1989, 127 pp
“Autumn brings a new riding season and Jessie and Time-
competition. But success in the ring isn't always enough. Jessie needs an A in Algebra, and a
special course in father-
tries to solve her problems by running away from them. Instead she gets a little help from her
friends, and her father, to find the answers she needs -
The Main Event
Fawcett Girls Only, Cloverdale Press, New York, 1989, 132 pp
“Kate Wiley has a new horse -
wants to go. Kate still misses Night Owl, but as she grows to love and respect Spy, horse and rider
develop an incredible working relationship. Now that Kate has the perfect horse, she can't afford
any distractions, especially before the last event of the season. But her relationship with boyfriend
Pete is upsetting her priorities. Kate's already had to make a big sacrifice, giving up the Owl to
pursue her dream. Will she have to let go of Pete as well in order to keep winning blue ribbons?”
Blue Ribbon Series
A Horse of Her Own
The Main Event