oh boy.... Just by reading through all these posts I have now found all my Saddle Club and Thoroughbred books and I think I MIGHT have to start reading them again! I actually just reread the first TB book and realized how much I loved it!! I dont have too many of them though!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif
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The one where Ashleigh is 12 or so, and her parents have their own farm(Edgardale?), where all the horses get the flu and her favorite colt dies in her lap...
is one of my favorite books. I stopped reading them though.
The Saddle Club show is INTERESTING. I too wonder about the accents.
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OH WOW! I loffed the Thoroughbred series when i was like 10ish. I think I read every book up until when it started becoming all about Christina and Parker being all Eventer-y (Boo that, the series was about racing!!!). Then somehow, overnight, Christina (Ashleigh's daughter for those who don't know the series post-Ashleigh & Brad) becomes this amazingly wonderful jockey, ready to compete in the Triple Crown http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif.
You guys are cracking me up! I only read a few of the Saddle Club books and the first ones of the Thoroughbred series... but for those of you who read T-Bred have you read "The Evening Star," I think it's called, about the eventing girl who loses her confidence? That and the "Forgotten Filly" are still on my bookshelf at my dad's house. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
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The Forgotten Filly... now that was the book! How many of you fantasized about your own grey mare named Dance Away after that? he he.
That led to the Thoroughbred series, which were my favorites, I read them over and over... all I wanted in life was a TB, preferably named Pride!
I liked the Saddle Club too. An important part of my childhood is wrapped up in those books, and in Breyer horses!
Luckily my first instructor was an eventer in CA. At the age of 8 I was on TBs, real "wild" ones of course. I used to pretend I was riding racehorses(they were actually OTTB). When I got older and better at riding, she started putting me on the "real" TB, the ones she actually evented, who liked to gallop, and jump, and yee-haw on cold days or whatever. I wasn't pretending anything about racehorses then! I certainly wasn't pretending to get bucked off of run away with.
To be a kid again.... the sad thing is I'm reminiscing, and I'm only 19!!!!
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Heinz was Belles name when she was with Phil, before Stevie got her.
Same thing about how I got into jumping... I read the books, and wanted ot have that much fun, too!
I understand that the TB series was originally about racing, but what's wrong with eventing? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_razz.gif Actually, I agree with you about that. It was much better when it was just about racing, then maybe they could have started a new series about the eventing... Oh yeah! That would be nice! I sopped getting them when they started getting into the showring stuff. Loved the racing much more.
Despite the fact that Carol, Stevie and Lisa always seemed to lack quite a lot of horse knowledge and common sense, they were ALWAYS running into people who were worse than they were. Remember the girl from France who lied about her pony (something about him throwing up in the past), or the friend Carol goes to visit in Vermont (I think they end up getting lost in the woods), and of course, Veronica.
Did the girls ever get older? I don't think I read past #50 or so, and it seems like they were still 12-13. Or are they like the Simpson kids are perpetually stuck at one age?
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I don't remember who owned Belle when she was at Phil's, but that is where Stevie first meets her... Got to find that book tonight, and will have more detail then... Anyway, it's only in the beginning of the book.
Evening Star was my favorite of those books. There was also "The Palomino" "If Wishes Were Horses" and "The Most Beautiful Horse In The World". And, yes, I still pull them out and read them occaisionally.
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Did the girls ever get older? I don't think I read past #50 or so, and it seems like they were still 12-13. Or are they like the Simpson kids are perpetually stuck at one age?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I don't think they ever age. I know Carol had one birthday, and about 3 christmasses, but I think she's still 13. It's been a while since I've read the books. I think they're still around somewhere.
I too was more a Throughbred kind of kid, and a huge Ashleigh fan...samantha was ok, but by the time they got to christina, i was either too old or it was less interesting.
I've always noticed the inaccuracies in all the horse series', esp. when it came to lineage in the T'bred books, and the lack of logic in the Saddle club stuff.
Does anyone remember a book called The most wonderful horse in the world? Or something along those lines? It was about a girl (Cara?) and the horse she got the ride on when a wealthy girl went away to college. The horse was a palomino named Lucas. I loved that book, it made me cry repeatedly!
Also, there was a series that I ever only read 3 of, because I couldn't find anymore, it was about 4 girls that meet at camp, including one who was recovering from a horse-car collision. anyone remember that one?
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I have that book and have read it a couple of times. I agree, it's a great book and is much better than the usual ones you find out there.
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She is at Phil's barn and has a bad allegry, which Stevie becomes VERY interested in trying to figure out. She does figure it out, and her parent's are so impresed by her research that they buy her the mare.
Lisa's parents want to buy her a horse early in the series. One of the horse she looks at is Starlight(owned by the same guy who owns Prancer, who is then named Pretty Boy Floyd. She sees his talent but knows he is too green for her. She decides she is not ready for a horse of her own at all and makes her parents change their mind. But when Carol's dad decided he wants to buy her a horse and tells Stevie and Lisa about it, Lisa remembers Pretty Boy Floyd and tells Carol's dad.
Carol is working for a vet at the time and ends up at that farm on Christmas Eve. It seems she will miss the Starlight Ride, but then at the last minute must ride over to Pine Hollow to check into a problem with Veroncia's horse(which isn't a problem at all but a prank of Stevie's and Lisa's). She rides over on Pretty Boy Floyd and ends up taking him on the Starlight Ride, and then finds out he is hers. And that is why he is named Starlight, after the Starlight Ride http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
And how is THAT for a memory?? It must be 5 years since I've read those books! LOL
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OhioColleen:
Has anyone read the series (only 4 or 5 books I think) about a TB filly that a girl rescues, who ends up being the very stolen, highest sold TB ever at the Keeneland sale? I can't remember the name, darnit, but they are SOOO good.
To you, she's a horse. To me, she's a family member who is big, hairy, walks on all fours and is easily startled.
YES! I read that series! The first one was called "The Sweet Running Filly." I believe the next one was "A Horse Called Bonnie," then "Sunbonnet, Horse of the Year," then the Haunted Farm? and I think there was one more at least. I loved that series, with the old grooms (Leon, Stash) and such. I thought the mare, Bonnie, having twins then going back to racing was a bit much, but the rest of it was ok.
I read Saddle Club up to about 60, then lost interest. I did note a lot of discrepancies, but they were decent entertainment I suppose.
I loved the Thoroughbred series until Joanna Campbell quit writing them (I believe it was 13?). Then things got all out of whack with that Christina character. No thanks. But the early ones were really good, I thought (at least as a 10-12 year old). Did anyone else read her other book, "Battlecry," that fit in with the whole Fleet Goddess thing? It was pretty good too.
I also read "The Most Beautiful Horse In the World," enjoyed it. Also, "Beauty" by Bill Wallace--the ending of that one made me bawl. I bought it when I was 6 at the school "Book Fair" (b/c it had a horse on the cover!) and I read it so many times the pages were dogeared and the cover fell off. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...s/winkgrin.gif
Of course I read every Black Stallion book I could find, too. I loved Walter Farley's "Man O'War."
And whose library would be complete without Marguerite Henry? My copy of Misty was also read to death. And I loved the other stories, Born to Trot, Brighty, King of the Wind (LOVED that one!), Misty's Twilight, Justin Morgan, Black Gold.
Wow, I did a lot of reading as a kid!
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wow. I am 27 and i read those books when i was 12, if I remember correctly.
There are now over 87 books?
Speaking of horse-related novel series for teenage girls, does anyone around my age remember the "Blue Ribbon" series? I read that one after I grew out of the S.C. The six-book (I think?) series revolved around 3 16-year old girls who were novice eventers. I think the horse-related details and plots were far more accurate than the Saddle Club, good stories marred only by a trite romantic subplot. I think they are probably out of print now.