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RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:25 AM
Are there any books - auto/biographies or fiction - dealing w/ experiences w/ life on the A circuit? I'm starting my Christmas shopping, and I bet it's a long shot, but I know someone who would love such a book!

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Anne
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:37 AM
National to National, a Year on the Show Jumping Circuit, by David Hollis. It covers 1991, so it is a bit dated, but most of the people featured are still involved in the sport in some way.

A Very Young Rider is great too for young or old. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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War Admiral
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:37 AM
"The Year of The Horse" by Eric Hatch - it's the book that the Disney movie "The Horse In The Gray Flannel Suit" was based on - but the book is better, funnier, and still pretty accurate today in a lot of respects!

"The Show Gypsies" - can't remember author's name, might it be Leslie Baird??

Do a search on Off Course for "books" - you will get loads of ideas.

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RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:48 AM
Thanks! /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Heheh - she (and I!) already have A Very Young Rider! Such a great little book - it's where my love of Paint coloured horses started /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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monalisa
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:54 AM
Just curious - would a recent book about life on the A Circuit be something that you think people would actually be interested in?

War Admiral
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:56 AM
Of course - need you even ask???

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LMH
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:07 AM
what was the name of that one that came out several years ago....maybe early to mid 90's? It was life on the circuit-pretty darn trashy....graphic lesbian scenes....dang---it passed through the barn like crazy.

Not exactly for young kids.... /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:16 AM
Monalisa - yes! Are you going to write one for us? Please?

Whatever I end up finding for my friend, she is going to have to let me borrow when she's done /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I don't think there are nearly enough books to meet interest levels!

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RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:17 AM
BTW - the person I'm looking for these books for is in her 20s, so trashy suggestions are fine /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Hehehe!

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Pony Fan
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:20 AM
The first is a novel similar to RIDERS only based here in the US. The "pitch blurb" on it is:

Handsome Is - Not since Riders has there been a novel for all the horse crazy teens who grew into horse crazy, book- buying adults! This Adult novel tells the story of Susan, an overweight middle-aged woman who finds the confidence to leave a loveless marriage and regain her self esteem by helping develop the remarkable jumping talents
of an unattractive Appaloosa lesson horse. This book realistically reflects the world of contemporary horse shows and the people who live their lives on the road following the “A” circuit - complete with scandals, “dirty deals”, friendships, intimacies and good hearted camaraderie.


The book is not a "Romance" novel in tone nor is it a YA novel for adults. It is set at such horse shows as Devon, the WEF circuit, sevral New England "A" shows and Indoors and focusses on show ring hunters and like RIDERS is fairly mature in the way ot approaches life on the circuit.


The second book is a Non-Fiction piece called:

Born To Ride: Junior Riders and the “A” Horse Show Circuit - Candid discussions with over 30 of today’s top winning young riders and their parents frankly examining, in human terms, what is gained and lost by those young riders who follow the circuit. Readers will get to know the “pony jockeys”, the catch riders, the Big Eq kids and hear from former junior riders about “life after the junior years”. The piece will have strong human interest appeal along with practical information about how people actually manage things like budget, school issues, non-riding siblings and finding a healthy balance to it all.

I have been pitching both books to publishers for the past 6 months and actually had some interest in Born To Ride until the Editor left the company! Handsome Is is complete and Born to Ride is 80% done. Maybe they'll be available for Xmas NEXT year! /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:24 AM
PonyFan - wow! Good for you! I would definitely read both of those, and know tons of people who would! I hope you find a publisher soon so they'll be out ASAP! Awesome!!

And make sure you let us know when it all happens! Good luck /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Pony Fan
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:30 AM
In fact in my "pitch" letter I even direct them to this Board so that they can see the discussions on people looking for books with this subject matter... Hey, maybe the Chronicle would want to serialize them - it worked for Dickens and Twain!

Flash44
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:39 AM
It's a documentary about a bunch of trust fund kids, and Georgina Bloomberg is interviewed in it. I don't know her riding is mentioned.

everyequine
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:44 AM
When your books do get published be sure to post the latest info here.
I have a book about the Hampton Classic, called "The Classic Experience". It's more of a coffee table book, than a good read. I wasdisappointed that they left out some of the key divisions, but they did focus on some locals, and some people that are big, and some who I have no clue about.

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HollBear
Nov. 6, 2002, 07:53 AM
I have a book that came out a couple of years ago, "In the Irons" its a photographic tribute to the circuit and it too is more like a coffee table book. But they did a nice job on it.

I LOVE a Very Young Rider. Still have it and I am in my 30's.

Bells
Nov. 6, 2002, 08:18 AM
LMH - House Rules by Heather Lewis

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Linny
Nov. 6, 2002, 08:18 AM
I can't wait!!!! I'll buy them both!!!!


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LMH
Nov. 6, 2002, 08:49 AM
Thank you-been beating my head over that....

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Piper
Nov. 6, 2002, 08:53 AM
I read a blurb about Tami Hoag's book Dark Horse that is supposed to be all about WEF. Anyone read it yet? I have it on reserve.

So Intent
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:04 AM
Three older books, that were absolutely wonderful if you can find them, all by Jean Slaughter Doty
- The Monday Horses - young female narrator, pony rider for a top barn, talks about drugging on the circuit.
-The Crumb - young female narrator, has a nice pony, i believe it deals with insurance scandals and nerving, not positive, a sad but good book.
-Dark Horse - again, young female narrator, "poor" by horse standards, works at a barn and gets a chance at a problem horse.

All wonderful books, I love them to death, will buy them if I can ever find them.

Blue Devil
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Flash44:
It's a documentary about a bunch of trust fund kids, and Georgina Bloomberg is interviewed in it. I don't know her riding is mentioned.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh yeah, what's the name of that?

My karma ran over your dogma.
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Blue Devil
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Emily A:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Flash44:
It's a documentary about a bunch of trust fund kids, and Georgina Bloomberg is interviewed in it. I don't know her riding is mentioned.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh yeah, what's the name of that?

_My karma ran over your dogma._
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I remembered the name. It is called "Born Rich" and it is by Jamie Johnson.

My karma ran over your dogma.

AAJumper
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:24 AM
I don't think it is out just yet, but I know she has finished writing it and sent it out to a few people to get quotes about it. I believe it is a sort of coffee table type book with pictures and text describing horse show life. Hopefully it will be available by Christmas!

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Dakotawyatt
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:37 AM
is pretty good. If you read a 'note from the author', her "other" life is a dressage rider! I had no idea...I've read 98% of her books. Her book is set on the showjumping circuit, but the story is about the mystery, not the circuit. I was a little disappointed at the lack of horse stuff...I really liked the book, though, b/c I like all of her stuff.

"Trail of Secrets" by Eileen Gouge is really good. It's about a girl who rides as a teen, grows up, experiences life, and gets re-involved in the horse world. It's very enthralling; I couldn't put it down. Again, the horse stuff is limited, but the story is very good...there's more horse stuff in this one than in "Dark Horse".

Another one ya'll may enjoy (I really did!) is "Horse Heaven" by Jane Smiley. It's not jumping related, it's race related. However, it in no way resembles a Dick Francis novel. In fact, some of Horse Heaven is from the horse's point of view. Again, couldn't put it down.

If ya'll can find them, Jody Jaffe wrote a 3 book series of horse mysteries...she's a fashion writer for a paper, and ends up getting into situations at her barn. She's at a h/j barn and has a horse. They were very good...I wish she'd come out with more, but I think 3 is all there is. "Chestnut Mare Beware" is the only title I can dredge to mind at the moment.

If I'm not mistaken, Nora Roberts has one as well...I THINK it's in her holding/finding/something else the dream series (Nora writes many trilogies...she's got a blue million of them. The trilogy I'm refering to is Holding the Dream, finding the Dream and one more whose title I can't remember). The book wasn't about horses...horses and jumping were simply a part of the story.

Well, hope these were helpful. I'm like ya'll...always on the lookout for a good horse book/movie. All of these books are adult, not young adult. Tally ho! /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

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InWhyCee
Nov. 6, 2002, 10:30 AM
It's not the Circuit but, honestly, Jilly Cooper's RIDERS is the "Gone With the Wind" of trash, the perfect marriage of Jane Austen and Jackie Collins, perhaps the finest novel in the English language. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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poltroon
Nov. 6, 2002, 10:40 AM
I want those books when they're out!

Maybe the big interest in Seabiscuit and Horse Heaven will help you out.

More books:

Last Junior Year by Barbara Morgenroth. Out of print, but well worth finding. This is a young adult coming-of-age title, not steamy.

Laura Moore has two recent romances... one is "Ride a Dark Horse" and I think the other is "Chance Meeting". They are very accurate in their A-circuit horsey details and are generally well done. And some very funny steamy scenes.

She might also like "The Lady" by Anne McCaffrey. It's Ireland, and hunting, but steamy and lots of horseys.

[edited to correct titles]
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Sunday
Nov. 6, 2002, 11:01 AM
Just read this last Sunday in the NY Times Book Review.

It's amazing what horses can do for a mystery. Kit Ehrman's debut novel, AT RISK (Poisoned Pen Press, $24.95), falls into the usual first-timer traps: baldly drawn characters, patches of stiff dialogue and an overkill approach to violence. But the country setting of a slovenly run horse farm in Maryland reeks of authenticity, and the hunters and jumpers that are boarded at this no-frills garage have personality to burn. When seven of these horses are stolen in the dead of night, Stephen Cline, the 21-year-old barn manager of Foxdale Farm, mourns each animal like a lost friend. ''I felt as if someone had kicked me in the gut,'' says Steve, who, in the honored tradition of a Dick Francis hero, vows to track down the thieves after being kidnapped and beaten to a pulp during the theft. As a former groom, vet and barn manager, Ehrman knows her way around horses and show barns, even if she does need more practice jumping those writing hurdles.

RolyPolyPony
Nov. 6, 2002, 11:13 AM
hehhe - not that I don't love that this thread has turned into horsie books for adults, but I was specifically looking for A circuit life books /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Though keep going w/ the general horsie fiction - we've both read pretty much all of the ones you're mentioning (The Lady by McCaffrey and Riders by Cooper are two of the best books ever!!), but some new ones are popping up, which I am adding to _my_ Christmas list!

PS - I actually just bought Last Junior Year on eBay - for way too much, but way less than the out of print dealers are charging!

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poltroon
Nov. 6, 2002, 11:52 AM
Morgenroth has another, called "Ride A Proud Horse" that is more 70s and is not as good, but has a definite A-Circuit flavor.

There's another where I can't remember the title... girl has an Andalusian GP jumper, and her groom/trainer is a refugee from the Mexico City earthquake...

LazyTrot
Nov. 6, 2002, 12:26 PM
Not really about the A circuit, but an earlier novel by Jane Smiley that I really enjoyed was "Barn Blind" about the pressures a really "horsey Mom" placed on her kids.

poltroon
Nov. 6, 2002, 12:32 PM
This is a coffee table book, and is alas out of print. Hardly any text, but really magnificent photos of ordinary riders in the context of the whole setting. It has show jumping, dressage, and eventing photos.

RockinHorse
Nov. 6, 2002, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by Poltroon
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> There's another where I can't remember the title... girl has an Andalusian GP jumper, and her groom/trainer is a refugee from the Mexico City earthquake... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think you are referring to Trophies by someone whose last name is Sheridan - can't remember her first name.

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poltroon
Nov. 6, 2002, 04:56 PM
"Trophies" by Ainslie Sheridan

Another (out of print) one I thought of: "Riding High: Ian Millar's World of Show Jumping" by Ian Millar and Larry Scanlan. Not US A-circuit, but fun anecdotes about developing and campaigning Big Ben et al. (Alas, no romantic bits for your friend. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )

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lakefieldhoney
Nov. 6, 2002, 05:08 PM
Thanks guys!!! I just ordered 3 books from Amazon, can't wait!!!!

Cruising
Nov. 6, 2002, 05:08 PM
I too have "In the Irons" FABULOUUUUUSS! And there's even a cute little pic of Maggie Jayne on a tiny pony, hehe.

Where do ya'll find all the A-circuit novels??? Tackstores and bookstores in my area do NOT have them! /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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poltroon
Nov. 6, 2002, 05:20 PM
I pick up every book I come across that has a horse, or horse-related item on the cover. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Too bad you can't search Amazon that way. However, you can follow the "also bought" links and check the listmania! links and find quite a few titles that way. Even if they're not in print, you can at least find out about the book and most now have used copies for sale.

Actually, this BBS has been a great source of new titles. I've found lots of great books here!

Also, a friend of mine deals used horse books on the side. My 'pusher' always emails me when she's got a title she thinks I'll like. /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

lonewolf
Nov. 6, 2002, 05:58 PM
I also thought Riding High was pretty good. It has all the day to day stuff of being a GP rider, as well as diaries from a few shows. It is also an autobiography however, so it has a lot about Ian Millar's youth/early days.

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goobergurl21
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:28 PM
I have thaT book too!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif It has some really cool pics-showjumping, hunters, dressage..... /infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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horseylady
Nov. 6, 2002, 06:36 PM
One of her better novels, mystery with a few murders, intrigue - set in Wellington, no 'show jumping ' scenes like in Riders, but good - if you know Wellington and Palm Beach, you'll like it - heck, even if you don't know them, it's good! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Alex Pakzad
Nov. 6, 2002, 09:21 PM
"Riders" by Jilly Cooper... very much a trashy romance novel... but a good book none the less.

Sonesta
Nov. 11, 2002, 07:07 AM
I'm reading Tami Hoag's book, Dark Horse, now. Love it.

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buryinghill1
Jan. 6, 2003, 12:32 PM
I've heard mixed reviews on Dark Horse, but I know it's fun to imagine WEF as a site of a mystery novel! It's a weird place - tents, stinky manure pits, golf carts everywhere, stretchy pants, and whips and chains... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Janet
Jan. 6, 2003, 01:38 PM
More than once, she included banamine in a list of "sedatives". I know banamine is a n NSAID, but I never heard it referred to as a sedative before.

frisbee32
Jan. 6, 2003, 01:48 PM
I just read Dark Horse over the holidays and it was very good. It is a long read, over 400 pages but at times I had trouble putting it down.

Another good read is Hot Blood which is all about the Helen Brach (candy heiress) disappearance.

Piper
Jan. 6, 2003, 01:51 PM
Just finished Riders and loved it. Does Jilly Cooper have any other books involving horses?

Weatherford
Jan. 6, 2003, 02:06 PM
Hoag's Dark Horse - I bought it, I read it. It was OK. But, I honestly don't like her writing, and there were parts of this that definitely annoyed me.

Show Gypsies by Leigh Brown (mid 70's) is a great one. And Anne McCaffery wrote on about showing in the 60's - unfortunately I can not remember the name - but it was excellent!! Especially her descriptions of the YOUNG GEORGE MORRIS!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Glimmerglass
Jan. 6, 2003, 02:12 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Emily A:

I remembered the name. It is called "Born Rich" and it is by Jamie Johnson. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Jamie is ironically a cousin to Alison Firestone and the film almost didn't get to see the light of day due to one "participant" recanting any cooperation. see here (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/021022/6/pr2v.html)

horselesswonder
Jan. 6, 2003, 02:18 PM
"Show Rider" - about Kerri Cibarelli, who showed an OTTB that she re-trained (with BNT's help, of course) named Cinema I in the juniors and eq.'s. I believe the setting was Long Island. Lots of nice pictures. Even though it's a book geared toward teenage girls, I still enjoy pulling my copy out every once in a while because I see myself at that age in its pages.

Janet
Jan. 6, 2003, 02:29 PM
The Anne McCaffrey is
Ring of Fear.

achcosuva
Jan. 6, 2003, 02:58 PM
Wow, what a great thread. I'm printing it out now! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Can't wait to get to the bookstore...wishing Mom (or, more specifically, her credit card) was home, then it'd be off to Amazon! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Pony Fan, I simply must, must, must read your "Born To Ride". http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif And the other book (I've already forgotton the title, I was so excited reading about all the books I've gotton all the titles of all the books mixed up) sounds quite interesting too. Good luck with finding a publisher and be sure to tell us when you get them out!

YourDesire
Jan. 6, 2003, 03:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Piper:
Just finished Riders and loved it. Does Jilly Cooper have any other books involving horses?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

She also has one out called Polo.

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Jane
Jan. 6, 2003, 03:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> hehhe - not that I don't love that this thread has turned into horsie books for adults, but I was specifically looking for A circuit life books <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Okay, here's one I haven't seen mentioned --

Fall by Kai Maristed. It was released in the mid 90's, mostly about the big eq. scene on the east coast; the central character is a trainer who sorta carried on an affair with a guy working for a nightwatch company, who's new to the horse business. Lots of stuff about the "A" circuit.

Another one I haven't seen mentioned, although it's not necessary about the A circuit, is Forward Motion by Holly Menino. It's a non-fiction, very similiar to National to National in format; it covers three riders in the three Olympic disciplines: Anne Kursinski, Lendon Gray, and Keith Taylor, and the horses they had at the time. This book was released around the same time frame as Fall. A rather sad sidenote -- I had never heard of Keith Taylor, the Eventing rider, until I read the book. Then about a year or two later, I read in COTH he was killed while competing at an event. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Anyway, both books were well-written. I highly recommend them if you can find them.

Varsity team
Jan. 6, 2003, 04:20 PM
PONY FAN

i'd like to e-mail you...or could you e-mail me...have questions about your book!!

Weatherford
Jan. 6, 2003, 04:46 PM
THANK YOU JANET!!!

FUN book!!!

RolyPolyPony
Jan. 6, 2003, 05:32 PM
Just hit amazon's used book network and ordered Fall! Can't wait till it comes in! If only I could find Show Gypsies somewhere!!

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Jane
Jan. 6, 2003, 10:34 PM
I have a fairly good collection of books (both horse-realted and non), and Show Gypsies is one of the elusive ones I had a tough time finding.....saw one copy on Alibris or Abebooks a while ago, I think for close to $300. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Old Grey Mare
Jan. 7, 2003, 12:43 AM
Great thread!

Steven Price wrote "Riding for a Fall," a good mystery set in the show jumping scene of the 90's.
Does anyone know the author of "Catch Rides," written in the late 60's or early 70's & set in the local horse shows of California? I lost my copy long ago & would love to find another, but it's tough when you don't know the author.

RolyPolyPony
Jan. 7, 2003, 07:29 AM
Jane - I've seen Show Gypsies on B&N's used book network for around $60, which, alas, is more than I can justify spending on a book! At least a non textbook book! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Bells
Jan. 7, 2003, 08:40 AM
Old Grey Mare: McAulay, Sara
I had Riding for a Fall written by Lillian Roberts - is there another book of the same title running around?
Rose

poltroon
Jan. 7, 2003, 02:31 PM
Old Grey Mare: check out one of the used book sites. (Amazon, Alibris, etc) You can easily find that the author is Sara McAulay and http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif that there are copies for sale quite reasonably.

Ahhhhh. This is why I love the internet. Find the titles here on COTH, then buy, then wait for the mailman to bring me a present!

colbybean
Jan. 7, 2003, 06:01 PM
A great book I read twice while in high school is Perdita by Isabelle Holland. It is out of print but I know ther are copies out there. It's a very horsey book with some mild romance and a mystery plotline. Awesome book!

poltroon
Jan. 7, 2003, 06:16 PM
Colbybean - what kind of horsey? Showing? Training? Pasture?

monalisa
Jan. 10, 2003, 11:36 AM
I am working on a new horse-related book - has to do with life on the A Circuit.

I would love to chat with anyone who is interested - I am still defining the precise outline for the book but hope to be writing very soon. My email address is rrpt@earthlink.net.

Carol Ames
Jan. 10, 2003, 11:51 AM
There wasa book called, i believe, "theshow gypsies", which i had seen reviewedin COTH, it had more todowith jumpers andwasdefinitely fiction.also, "The year of the horse", if you can still find itis an indictment of the equitation division, I believe that Disneymade a movie based on it. aall i remember is agrey horse named "Aspercel', does anyone remember the name of the movie?i don't know that i ever saw it in full, only certain jumping scenes. Try "The horse in the grey flannel suit", though the book had the other title "yearof the horse". has Jody jaffee written any?I haveeeral themes and "plots'i would like to suggesttoher ;

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colbybean
Jan. 10, 2003, 12:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by poltroon:
Colbybean - what kind of horsey? Showing? Training? Pasture?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

If I remember correctly it was mostly about a teenaged girl with amnesia who starts to work at a horse farm, and starts to fall in love with the owner/trainer. There is a little bit about showing in it, but not much. Cute book though. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Blinky
Jan. 10, 2003, 01:03 PM
Monday Horses was good. I read it in the 80's..it is about the A circuit and juniors. Can't remember who wrote it.

poltroon
Jan. 10, 2003, 01:06 PM
There is a second "Year of the Horse" by Diana Walker that has a girl who meets her horsey neighbor and discovers the show circuit. It is very good, but it is not the same book that goes with "The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit."

poltroon
Jan. 10, 2003, 01:09 PM
"The Monday Horses" by Jean Slaughter Doty. A little more young adult oriented than her other wonderful children's stories "Summer Pony", "Winter Pony", and "The Crumb".

"The Crumb" and "The Monday Horses" both involve shady happenings on the show circuit.