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Highflyer
Dec. 15, 2011, 10:53 AM
Mostly looking for books for a horse crazy 11 year old, but if you know of any good grownup ones, feel free to recommend them. Other than the Saddle Club/ Thoroughbred series, which have some eventing- centric books, I have thought of:

Jane McIlvaine's Cammie books
KM Peyton's Fly-By-Night and The Team, and the Swallow trilogy
Caroline Akrill's Eventing trilogy
Chris St. John's Blue Ribbon series

All of which are pretty dated at this point (some were pretty dated in the 90s!). I think there was an Australian book about a girl named Marnie who had rescued a horse that went on to event, but if I owned it (and didn't imagine it) I can't find it now. And maybe some of the Pullein-Thompson sisters' Pony Club books?

I think I will probably give her the Swallow books, but just wondered if there were other eventing specific ones out there?

mustangsal85
Dec. 15, 2011, 11:01 AM
There is one series called Flying Changes/Riding Lessons - I think by Sara Gruen? That is dressage/eventing centric. However I am not sure it is 11 year old appropriate and (not knowing your daughter's reading level) maybe above her reading level. But maybe for you? haha they are some of my favorite books and fairly accurate as well!

mugsgame
Dec. 15, 2011, 11:11 AM
Not eventing but this is supposed to be very good.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dressage-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005AX8HX4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323965180&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inheritance-Nina-Bell/dp/0751539058/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1323965359&sr=8-10
This is with an eventing background.

flutie1
Dec. 15, 2011, 12:41 PM
There is one series called Flying Changes/Riding Lessons - I think by Sara Gruen? That is dressage/eventing centric. However I am not sure it is 11 year old appropriate and (not knowing your daughter's reading level) maybe above her reading level. But maybe for you? haha they are some of my favorite books and fairly accurate as well!

The same author wrote Water for Elephants, the best book of the lot!

mustangsal85
Dec. 15, 2011, 12:42 PM
The same author wrote Water for Elephants, the best book of the lot!

Agree!! That is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. Anxious for her to write another.

besum1
Dec. 15, 2011, 12:42 PM
"Riders" by Samantha Alexander

I loved this series when I was young... happened to find it when on family vacation in Ireland so never finished the series, but the first few books were really good!!! I loved the main character's pony, Barney, and wished I had a pony like him!!! (Though in hindsight, my now retired guy IS like Barney! Score!!!)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=riders+samantha+alexander&x=0&y=0

kkindley
Dec. 15, 2011, 12:54 PM
"A New Horse for Marney". Really good book! I read it as a kid and still have it somewhere. There's actually a line from that that I apply still. It's along the lines of "my line, my speed"

I just read one myself that would be suitable for you, not for your daughter. I will look up the title later. It was more of a romance, but it had eventing/horses as a backdrop. Not smutty, but not going to win any awards either, but a pleasant read.

Whatever you do, don't let her read "The Horse Whisperer" My mom bought it for me as a kid, it was a bit, eye opening?

"Hearts Over Fences" is the title of that book.

eventer_mi
Dec. 15, 2011, 12:54 PM
Indefensible. I think it's very appropriate for an 11 year old, and it's all about eventing. Can't for the life of me remember who wrote it, though.

The Perfect Distance. Young adult, also appropriate, but not about eventing - it's about the H/J world.

Working Trot by Jessie Haas. This is a dressagey one, but good nonetheless.

mustangsal85
Dec. 15, 2011, 01:00 PM
Another good one is Horseplay by Judy Reene Singer. Again maybe not 11 year old appropriate (but I think it could be) but very lighthearted and entertaining nonetheless. Think horsey chick lit! More dressage based though.

bornfreenowexpensive
Dec. 15, 2011, 01:16 PM
Not eventing...but I remember the Linda Craig series being pretty good for this age reader. Pretty easy reads.

Mystery type books that center around a girl and her horse. A horse crazy kid generally will like them and the story plots are fairly ageless.

Even as a horse crazy kid...I liked to read non horsey books so I would maybe widen your net for books.

Desert Topaz
Dec. 15, 2011, 01:33 PM
For adults, but I think one of Elizabeth Moon's Serrano books has eventing in it. They're science fiction, but one of the main characters is horse obsessed. There's definitely hunting.

Book Info (http://www.elizabethmoon.com/books-serrano.html)

Highflyer
Dec. 15, 2011, 05:22 PM
Not my daughter, and she will definitely not be getting any Sara Gruen books-- bad enough I'm encouraging the begging for a pony without getting her reading romances :) Although when I think of how many times I read Jilly Cooper's Riders as a kid, I should probably not judge.

Thanks for the suggestions! She is my cousin's daughter and groomed for me at Bucks County over the summer, and was full of questions afterwards so I thought I would look for an eventing book. I think I will get Indefensible and A New Horse for Marny (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-horse-for-marny-libby-anderson/1001793490?ean=9780939481415) (Thanks, kkindley! It never occurred to me to spell it that way!) and see if I can find some of the others at the library.

Blugal
Dec. 15, 2011, 05:36 PM
The Horsemasters by Don Stanford. (Make sure you get the right author - there are several other books with this title.)

Depending on reading level: I loved the Pullein-Thompson sisters books, but was also devouring Dick Francis by her age. I didn't care what discipline, as long as the stories were decent!

subk
Dec. 15, 2011, 05:39 PM
"Kiss and Tell" by Fiona Walker was timed to release this spring to coincide with Badminton. http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-and-Tell-ebook/dp/B004P8ITO2/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1323988134&sr=1-4

It's the most eventing centric as well as the most well done book surrounding eventing I've ever read. I don't think there was a single sentence that sounded stupid because the author didn't know what they were talking about. It is NOT 11 year old girl appropriate. Not as risque as Jilly Coopers "Riders" but a similar type plot with several sub plots and lots of supporting characters. The main two characters are a husband and wife team, both accomplished 4 star riders, who run an eventing yard together. It's English with all that entails. Fun read!

My favorite 11 year old girl books are the series by Suzanne Wilding that are more Pony Clubish then eventing. "Big Jump for Robin" was my absolute favorite. You would probably have to find them used.

mackandblues
Dec. 15, 2011, 05:55 PM
I loved loved loved this series as a child/preteen!
http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughbred-01-Horse-Called-Wonder/dp/0061061204/ref=sr_1_27?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323989419&sr=1-27

about racing but still absolutely loved it! Think in the series it goes through some eventing/jumping story lines.

Indefensible is very good

mackandblues
Dec. 15, 2011, 05:58 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Battlecry-Forever-Thoroughbred-Joanna-Campbell/dp/0061064823/ref=pd_sim_b_94
loved this book too

mackandblues
Dec. 15, 2011, 06:00 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Star-Shadowbrook-Thoroughbred-Joanna-Campbell/dp/0061064831/ref=pd_sim_b_8

This one was my favorite and Im pretty sure its eventing themed

kookicat
Dec. 15, 2011, 06:05 PM
"Riders" by Samantha Alexander

I loved this series when I was young... happened to find it when on family vacation in Ireland so never finished the series, but the first few books were really good!!! I loved the main character's pony, Barney, and wished I had a pony like him!!! (Though in hindsight, my now retired guy IS like Barney! Score!!!)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=riders+samantha+alexander&x=0&y=0

Love them too, and still have them. I always wanted a 'yellow horse'. :D

CallMeGrace
Dec. 15, 2011, 06:37 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Her-Own-Annie-Wedekind/dp/0312581467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323992091&sr=1-1

My daughter loved this book and is hoping for a sequel.

JFCeventer
Dec. 15, 2011, 06:39 PM
I don't know if you can get the books unless you're in that little kids club called Pony or something but I inherited a book someone got from that called Star of Shadowbrook Farm. Appropriate for her age group but not dumbed down. Only a couple of things that made me cringe from being inaccurate but overall nice to read something about eventing. Very cute story if you can get your hands on it. Takes place in Area 1 and mentions events like Groton House and Ledyard (written in the 90s) which was fun too.

Judysmom
Dec. 15, 2011, 06:40 PM
What about National Velvet and International Velvet? Pretty sure I read them when I was about 11 or so, and International Velvet is all about eventing :)

AusEventer
Dec. 15, 2011, 08:03 PM
Have read lots of these.

I LOVE KM Peyton's work - any of her horsey books are very suitable. Some might be a bit older, but I reckon they are timeless books. She is a brilliant writer.

Fly By Night and The Team are my favourites. Also enjoyed the series of Flambards books (although more hunting and aviation focussed). Blind Beauty, about a steeplechaser is another good one that would be suitable for an 11 year old.

poltroon
Dec. 15, 2011, 08:15 PM
This is a list of 28 fiction books about eventing:

Eventing books at ponydom.com (http://www.ponydom.com/books/discipline.html?type=event)

I love KM Peyton's books Fly By Night and The Team - and I also love Sky Rocket by Margaret Cabell Self.

"Three Day Challenge" by Joan S Weir was one of the first books I read about eventing, along with International Velvet.

nextyear
Dec. 15, 2011, 08:49 PM
Lucinda Green (I think it is under Prior Palmer though) put out a great kids book on riding and tack. For adults her other 2 books are great and lots of humor in them. Other great adult book is "Wink" story of black jockey Jimmy Winkfield really a book that is hard to put down.

ohrebecca
Dec. 15, 2011, 09:31 PM
I don't know if you can get the books unless you're in that little kids club called Pony or something but I inherited a book someone got from that called Star of Shadowbrook Farm. Appropriate for her age group but not dumbed down. Only a couple of things that made me cringe from being inaccurate but overall nice to read something about eventing. Very cute story if you can get your hands on it. Takes place in Area 1 and mentions events like Groton House and Ledyard (written in the 90s) which was fun too.

Star of Shadowbrook Farm was written by Joanna Campbell (Thoroughbred series) - it was #2 in a supposed series called "Rosettes." The first, Battlecry Forever, was also very good. The horse Battlecry I think made a crossover "appearance" in one of the Thoroughbred books. I am really regretting giving away all my Thoroughbred/Saddle Club books, oddly! (a mom came into my bookstore a few years back, disappointed that we didn't carry TB or SC anymore. Her daughter loved horses and was dying to read them. I ended up giving her my information since I had a ton of them. I miss them :()


The Horsemasters by Don Stanford. (Make sure you get the right author - there are several other books with this title.)

Depending on reading level: I loved the Pullein-Thompson sisters books, but was also devouring Dick Francis by her age. I didn't care what discipline, as long as the stories were decent!

The Horsemasters is EXCELLENT, one of my favorites, but VERY expensive, when you can find it.

OP, there is a series called Canterwood Crest, about a boarding/riding school (h/j, not eventing), but some of the characters in it are really snotty. Jane Smiley (who wrote the adult book Horse Heaven) has a few horsey books for kids - The Georges and the Jewels, A Good Horse, and True Blue. I always loved the Claire Birch Galloping Detective books, if you can find them, too! Not really eventing, but fun mysteries for kids.

Duckz
Dec. 15, 2011, 09:46 PM
Pilot the Hunter series - here's the first one: http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-Hunter-Hazel-M-Peel/dp/B000E2B40O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324003433&sr=8-1

Fox hunting, steeple chasing, and show jumping. Girl goes to auction, girl buys the athletic but "crazy" horse no one else wants, girl continues on despite the odds, etc etc. Perfect horse crazed pre-teen reading :) One of my favorites.

NSRider
Dec. 15, 2011, 11:13 PM
The one book that has stayed with me since I was a young girl is Joan Weir's "Storm Rider" which is all about a young girl trying to get onto the Canadian Equestrian Team while competing at the "Three Day Event". It is an extremely dated book, but a very simple read and charmingly written.

Another series would be the Dancer series by Shelley Patterson:

http://www.amazon.com/Dancer-Shelley-Peterson/dp/0889841772/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324008664&sr=1-2

It is more about h/j than anything, but the first book has fox hunting in it. Great reads for kids, and not too bad for the kids at heart either ;)

mustangsal85
Dec. 16, 2011, 09:06 AM
This is making me want to go back and re-read my Thoroughbred books. Not that I know where they are. But I sure did love those!!!

IFG
Dec. 16, 2011, 09:31 AM
Favorite book as a kid. Not explicitly eventing, but lots of running and jumping XC. Best part was it was about a fancy pants city girl visiting the country cousins and learning to appreciate a good horse that was not the prettiest in the barn:

http://www.amazon.com/hobby-horse-lavinia-illustrated-brown/dp/B000FSEEV8

Also only available used.