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  • Eventing Fiction

    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?

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    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!
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    • #3
      Not eventing but this is supposed to be very good.
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dressage...3965180&sr=8-1

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inheritance-...965359&sr=8-10
      This is with an eventing background.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by mustangsal85 View Post
        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!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by flutie1 View Post
          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.
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          • #6
            "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!!!)

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            • #7
              "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.
              Last edited by kkindley; Dec. 15, 2011, 02:35 PM. Reason: added book title

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              • #8
                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.
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                • #9
                  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.
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                  • #10
                    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.
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                    • #11
                      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.

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                        #12
                        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 (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.

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                        • #13
                          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!
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                          • #14
                            "Kiss and Tell" by Fiona Walker was timed to release this spring to coincide with Badminton. http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-and-Tell-...3988134&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.

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                            • #15
                              I loved loved loved this series as a child/preteen!
                              http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughbred-0...989419&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
                              Originally posted by Sithly
                              do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.

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                              • #16
                                http://www.amazon.com/Battlecry-Fore...ef=pd_sim_b_94
                                loved this book too
                                Originally posted by Sithly
                                do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.

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                                • #17
                                  http://www.amazon.com/Star-Shadowbro...ref=pd_sim_b_8

                                  This one was my favorite and Im pretty sure its eventing themed
                                  Originally posted by Sithly
                                  do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by besum1 View Post
                                    "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_no...xander&x=0&y=0
                                    Love them too, and still have them. I always wanted a 'yellow horse'.
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                                    • #19
                                      http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Her-Own-...3992091&sr=1-1

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

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                                      • #20
                                        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.

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