This was suggested by susan. Have copied some of her nominations below:
A Job With Horses by JPT Jumping Jan and Nancy and the Carrs by Kathleen MacKenzie Janet Must Ride by D. Pullein-Thompson Near Miss by Claire Birch A Girl for the Horses by Betty Cavanna Three to Ride by C Pullein-Thompson
(susan I changed the author of the first one from Gillian Baxter to JPT. What is it about Gillian lately trying to take credit for other people's stories lol )
Some other suggestions include:
Pony Jobs for Jill Clear Round The Wendy series by Dorian Williams Ten Week Stables
RE the JPT/Baxter mixup...lol....I wonder if it's the Allen cover art that's confusing everyone (myself included)....all those horses jumping through stirrups, hard to remember which is which! I know publishers have liked to have a unifying theme to cover art, so that a book in a series, or by an author is immediately recognisable in a bookstore, but it's always confused and irritated me....I LOATHED the US Putnam covers for Dick Francis's work for just that reason.
Would there be a place for Eventer's Dream? Elaine has to think about her future options; working in a yard or trying to be a pro. She makes up some amazing job offer to impress people at one point I think!
I'm just reading the Flying Horseman (love it!) and although its not a career with horses it is about him having a career on a fruit farm but really wanting to be a pilot. I've not finished it yet and I don't know if he gets to have a career with horses in the end.
Rennie Goes Riding 's a good book but hardly encourages one to consider working with horses. It's packed with tragedy; maybe she wrote it to discourage those who were not desperate to work with horses. I have read some of the others in the careers series & none seem so black. I don't think the nurse even lost a patient.
I've not read Joan Goes Farming. I just remember being shocked by one of the incidents in Rennie Goes Riding (you will know which one) it was the first time I had encountered such a scenario in a "child's book"
Yes I may review the top 10s in a while and encourage people to check them all out and re-vote if necessary. Also I think we'll need a new 'modern' top 10 as new ones keep appearing.
But back to the careers subject. There seem to be 3 themes in the careers type books: A. Working with horses can be bloomin 'orrible and you'd be better off doing summat else. B. Working with horses can be bloomin 'orrible but its worth perservering. C. Working with horses is all hunky dory.
it would be quite interesting to work out which books fit in which category. Pony Jobs for Jill is defo in A, possibly also the Eventing trilogy. Most career books will probably fall into category B. Clear Round is prob in C as I can't recall anything bad happening in that one. Interesting reading that Fizz commented on some of the non-horsy careers books being all hearts and flowers too. I think Rennie just scrapes into B. although I think it would put a lot of people off so maybe in A!
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1