Other Horse & Pony Books:
THE CHASING GAME
Revised and republished in 1976 by the author (Michael Hardcastle Publications) This edition hardback with pictorial boards.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, revised edition.
SUMMARY: (From blurb) As a steeplechase jockey Sean Massie is used to facing danger every day of his life. Then Sean discovers that one jockey is prepared to fall deliberately, to lose a race on the orders of gangsters. In his determination to stop the criminals, Sean finds himself plunging deeply into a desperate situation that could not only ruin his career but could cost him his life. His fate is now allied to the plight of his girl friend Meryl and the fortunes of a brilliant horse called Poor Boy.
Older teens/adult read.
ILLUSTRATED BY SHIRLEY BELLWOOD
As far as I am aware not reprinted.
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition.
SUMMARY: Younger children's story with slight horse/donkey content. When their mother is in hospital two children try and run her holiday home for children. Unsurprisingly there are lots of mishaps, and in the end it is a donkey which saves the day!
PONYMAD VIEW: Aimed at younger readers than the author's other books. Perhaps not a true pony book, although does feature a horse and a donkey so have included it here. It's a gently amusing and well written story.
PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES
ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN LOBBAN
Reprinted in paperback by Magnet and Mammoth.
EDITION PICTURED: Magnet paperback
Reprinted as part of a 3 in 1 omnibus edition along with the 2 books in the Ginny series. (See Ginny Series section for more information.)
SUMMARY: Rachel's ambition is to ride her favourite horse in a pro hurdle race, but her mother has plans for her to become a model. Can she pursue her dreams against all the opposition?
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES
Reprinted in paperback by Faber
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Young adult mystery/thriller set in the racing world. Ros works at a home for convalescent racehorses, looking after Mantola. When the horse disappears Ros is accused of negligence. In fear for both the horse and for losing her job, Ros sets out to investigate…
PONYMAD RATING: 2 HORSESHOES
MINE'S A WINNER
(A & C BLACK 2000)
ILLUSTRATED BY BOB MOULDER
Reprinted in paperback in 2001 by original publisher.
Still in print.
EDITION PICTURED: Paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Graphic novel/comic strip style horse story with a boy hero. Tom is a natural with horses, but when he tries to impress a girl with his riding skill everything seems to go wrong!
The book is part of the Graffix series of teen graphic novels by various authors. As far as I can tell this is the only one with a horsy theme.
Interestingly, the author self-published a re-issue of The Chasing Game and there are a few signed copies of this particular edition to be had. In the UK, Winning Rider and Kickback are fairly easy to find as these were reprinted a couple of times in paperback. The comic-style book Mine's a Winner is still in print and can be bought new. The other two are a little harder to get hold. Most of the books can also be found to a lesser extent in the USA, but they can be much more elusive anywhere other than UK or America.