Jean Slaughter Doty, il. Dorothy Haskell Chhuy
1983, William Morrow and Company
The show was an absolute zoo. The parking area was jammed with vans and trailers. Little ponies with screaming kids on their backs zipped in and out like mosquitoes. Young horses spun and danced, others whinnied to their stablemates. A gray horse fell backwards out of the trailer next to our van, nearly squashing its frantic owner, who seemed more concerned about the grass stains now on the horse than the cut on its leg.
Abby has always loved horses and hung out doing odd jobs at any barn near the various homes her family has moved to, but now she's working at High Hickory Farms, an elite hunter/jumper barn whose married owners met on the
At first, they try putting the skinny horse out in a remote pasture, to keep clients from seeing him. But
A funny sort of book. Doty's trademark sensible heroine who hangs out above her income bracket eating her heart out for a quality show horse, but a reverse here as the equine hero is a horse who doesn't want to show. Despite the show trappings, this is really a tribute to foxhunting.
There was a funny hush. And then a sudden rush of sound, like caroling.
And part of the dedication reads:
and to the good field hunters, for their love of the sport, who are not the glory horses.
Well-written, very convincingly horsey and realistic.
It was also released as a Scholastic paperback.
Other books by Author
Can I Get There By Candlelight?
If Wishes Were Horses
Valley Of The Ponies
The Monday Horses
Horsemanship For Beginners (nonfiction)
Pony Care (nonfiction)
Dorothy Haskell Chhuy also illustrated Doty's The Summer Ponies.
Shamrock - grey
Azalea - grey Thoroughbred mare
Autumn Crocus - foxhunter mare
Frosty Pumpkin - chestnut gelding
Sea Glass - grey horse
Forever - white stable cat