Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart!!!
A bit old-fashioned, as it's set in the '50's/early 60's, but still, a great read if you like the suspense genre with a bit of romance thrown in.
All about the Lipizzaners, with a few references to the great horsemen of that time.
I've read it countless times, and still love it.
OK, so it isn't fiction, but I'm currently reading The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlon. It is a wonderful, WONDERFUL read and has moved me to tears during many parts of the book. The relationship between Eddie Sweat and Secretariat is one that I think we all dream of having with our own horses, and makes me wish that I could have known both of them. Eddie Sweat seemed like he was a truly devoted and caring man who was blessed to love a spectacular horse, the likes of which we will probably never see again.
"Promote what you believe instead of bashing what you hate."
By Alois Podhajsky (sp). One of my all time favorites. Wonderful insight into each of his horses; you can feel the love and respect he has for the horse and learn something along the way!!!
Does anyone remember a book about a Lippizaner at the SRS? I think it was Florain (not sure of the spelling). It was written by the same person who wrote Bambi. Darn my old mind is reaching for this title. But after seeing some other "old" titles I loved, I am sure there is someone out there who can remember this book..
2 of my all time favs - mentioned already but another plug if you haven't read them
A Portion for Foxes ( Jane McIlvaine McClary)- I think I re-read it every year and County Life Diary (Josh Pons) while not fiction - great read
Haven't seen the Walter Farley books mentioned (Black Stallion etc) they aren't just for kids IMO
2 to miss -- A Sunday Horse - Vicky Moon - reads like the society page and I'm not sure what the story was - I think all the people mentioned must have paid her and Michael Korda's book (latest one) same kind of thing --
I love the Jody Jaffe books. Have reread them many times. I also like The Hunt and The Chase. Riders and Polo are also 2 of my all time favs. Another Jilly Cooper-esque book which is fairly horsey is Showdown by Tilly Bagshawe.
I'm also in agreement with everyone that HATES Riding Lessons and Flying Changes.
CRAYOLA POSSE - Olive Green
Champions aren't born. They are built little by little, day by day, with patience and love for the art. -Nick Skelton