Ponies, ponies, ponies
Justin F Denzel
Justin Francis Denzel (1917 -
Finding the books: all the books are reasonably easy to find.
Links and sources
Some of Justin F Denzel’s papers are in the De Grummond collection
Terri Wear: Horse Stories -
Thank you to Lisa Catz for the summaries
Black Kettle, King of the Wild Horses
Garrard, 1974, illus Richard Amundsen
As King of the Wild Horses, Xerox, Connecticut, 1979
The colt Black Kettle was taken by the tribe in a raid on the settlers. Little Bear releases him,
and the horse grows up to lead a band of wild horses.
Hiboy, Young Devil Horse
Garrard Publishing Company, 48 pp, illus Sam Savitt (Famous Animal Stories series)
Amy’s grandfather was head trainer at a racing stable until an accident Stardust put him in a
wheelchair. Now the gentlest mare in the barn has given birth to Stardust’s last foal, and everyone
hopes it will have the speed of the father, but the temperament of the mother. Amy is put in charge
of his care. It looks like he will take after Stardust, although he responds well to Amy. When the
colt won’t let anyone on him, the owner of the farm orders him to be sold. Amy makes one more
desperate attempt to prevent that from happening.
Sampson, Yankee Stallion
Garrard Publishing Company, 1980, 48 pp, illus William Hutchinson
When Axel‘s father leaves home to fight with the Patriot soldiers, he tells Axel not to let their old
workhorse, Sampson, get into the hands of the British. Axel and Sampson help steal a cannon
from the British, and pull it along treacherous and icy mountain trails towards Boston. Twenty miles
from Boston, the old horse can go no farther. Sampson’s deeds are not forgotten, and he is given
an award by none other than General George Washington.