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Figuring out the Saddle Club...(long..but so irresistable!)

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  • #41
    Did anyone ever read "Galloping Detective" about a girl who was doing the eq and would solve great mysteries while doing so I LOVED that series,but it didn't last long!

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      #42
      Zooboo, I am impressed. I had no idea re: Starlight.

      "Nightmare": drattit, I bought that one too on my binge.

      So Lisa NEVER gets her own horse? and she's supposed to be Horse-Crazy (one of two requirements of The Saddle Club, a club she, Carole and Stevie formed..as we are always told...blah blah)
      WHY doesn't she buy Samson after book #87 Show Jumper? Or Prancer for Pete's sake? (Now, after declining her in the first place).

      The worst was the way I heard it all ended, after (well, during) the Pine Hollow series.. something I won't give away.
      Sounded like the author got pi#$ed with her publisher and decided to do it all in...


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      • #43
        I remember those books, but I was more into the TB books mentioned earlier.

        Oh, and whoever asked, the one about Cara and the horse Lucas, that was "The Most Beautiful Horse in the World", love that book (and yes, I do still read it occasionally too!)

        My all time favourite is "Star of Shadowbrook Farm" about a girl who gets scared when she falls when jumping a green horse (which her nemisis then jumps around perfectly a week later). She finds Evening Star (who was owned by some witchy lady), and they re-build their trust together. Sounds cheesy, and it certainly is, but a fun read!!
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        • #44
          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OnyxThePony:
          The worst was the way I heard it all ended, after (well, during) the Pine Hollow series.. something I won't give away.
          Sounded like the author got pi#$ed with her publisher and decided to do it all in...
          <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

          Didn't like the way it ended either.

          Has anyone read The Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell? The ones that I read were really good, but they're hard to find.

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          • #45
            Onyx--

            Please check out your PTs!

            Do I dare
            Disturb the universe?
            -T.S. Eliot

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            • #46
              Ohhhhhh wow...Something I can definitely relate to!! I have read the TB and SC series since I was in 4th grade!!!! I have every Saddle Club book. It is frightening. I was laughing so hard when I read the analyzations of these books!!!! Yay, I'm not the only one who remembers all the gorey details. Secret Horse and Show Jumper never failed to make me wonder...what exactly is Max thinking??? Not only that, but he conisistently puts his entire barn in the hands of 3 12 year olds. Well, Lisa is actually 13, but you know. They never get older. Has anyone actually done the math on how old they should be by now?? hahaha. Wow. But, I was completely obsessed and admit it freely. Oh, and yes...Max does "turn on his heel" a lot.

              And yes, I hated the way Pine Hollow ended. It was kinda...abrupt. My friend got me the Saddle Club "movie" as a joke, and we laughed ourselves sick. I had never seen the show. Some of them have accents, and some don't??? Oh well...enough ranting for now. This thread cracks me up.

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              • #47
                There is a farm in Orange, VA, Amber Hill, I think, that has wooden aisles in their main barn. I could not believe it when I walked in. All that went through my mind was how slippery it must get if there is poop on it or it gets wet. Lori

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                • #48
                  As someone who used to --ahem-- write some of the Saddle Club books, I find this thread hilarious. First of all, Bonnie Bryant is a real person, and she wrote the first 30 books single-handedly, and yes, there are some major gaffs such as a 12 year old girl riding a stallion. After that there were several writers, Bonnie still, plus others. I wrote 14 over a 3 year period. It's hard with that many people to not screw up the details sometimes, particularly given that these books were published at the rate of 1 a month. The covers and titles were done well ahead of time, and you had to be sure to write the cover scene into the book.

                  The kids don't get any older, the same way Nancy Drew doesn't; Bonnie always said that when that started to bother you, it was time for you to stop reading the series. The actors in the television show are Australian; it was filmed there.

                  There was a younger series, Pony Tails, and an older series, Pine Hollow. I quit reading the books at about the same time I stopped writing them, so didn't quite get to the end of the series. Some of us ghostwriters knew more about horses than others; some of us fought hard to make it realistic, but sometimes that was a pretty tough battle.

                  The Saddle Club gave me a big step up in writing, and I'll always be grateful for it. But I'm dying to know--what was everyone's favorite book? In a few days, I'll tell you mine.

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                  • #49
                    I &lt;3 Shadow Horse.

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                    • #50
                      Someone PT and tell me how Pine Hollow ends! I lost interest and stopped reading it haha.

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                      • #51
                        Ditto Tiff- I love that book, which is really, really sad.

                        We've got to know which ones you wrote! I can then go back and re-read (NOT going to my personal library but, uh, the real library... that's right) and ask you lots of weird questions.


                        (By the way, there are actually over 98 books in the series and Belle was an Arabian/Saddlebred)

                        Nightmare was great- about EIA. Stupid decision, but a heartbreaker. Dream Horse was good. Sea Horse. Stable Groom. Gold Medal Rider/Horse. Horse Sitters. Western Star. (Let's just say ALL the super editions were good). I think Schooling Horse was really good from a training POV (not that I am taking advice from these books, but the situation in the book was unique)... I also liked Before They Rode Horses. Yankee Swap. Also liked Wagon Trail and Quarter Horse... Horse Feathers was good too. Haven't seen any published after than though.

                        I HATED Pine Hollow- read a few of them and really didn't like where that was going.

                        Now, just so you don't think I have read these recently, I went through Amazon's list and read the notes on them to see what my favorites were (do you honestly think I remember the names of these books). It's brought back some old memories... think I may have to pull out that CC and catch up!

                        Did they stop after Book 99, Trail Ride (did an amazon search- nothing after that!)?

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                        • #52
                          Keltic, that is the book I was talking about on pg. 2. I couldn't remember the name of it. Doh!

                          Can someone give us a spoiler of how the series ended? Please?

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                          • #53
                            I would like to know how the Saddle Club series ends too!! Please tell (or at least give a hint).

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                            • #54
                              Oh man! I still read my TB books and The Black Stallion series. I loved Man O' War, when Danny got to ride him I was so so jealous I nearly cried....okay, I did cry

                              I read only about 4 or 5 books from the Pine Hollow series. They never had them at my school library, and I never had money to buy them. I started watching the show, till they switched the times and now I can't figure out when its on The accent thing definitly had me confused!

                              I read Blue Robbin series too. There was another racing series I read. And for the life of me I can't think of the name. It was about a girl, 16-17 I beleive. I want to say her name is Tara!? It was about her becoming an apprentice jockey. Her dad dies in the series, and thats all I remember. Any idea's on what the series was called?!

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                              • #55
                                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OnyxThePony:
                                The worst was the way I heard it all ended, after (well, during) the Pine Hollow series.. something I won't give away.
                                Sounded like the author got pi#$ed with her publisher and decided to do it all in...

                                <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                Oh no you don't Onyx!! You can't tease us like that and then not tell us how it ends! We demand to know!! Do tell!!

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                                • #56
                                  gully's pilot- I don't remember the name of my favorite SC book, but it was the one where the girls go to Madison Sq. Garden to watch some horse perform (SoHo was his name maybe??), and he is in the middle of his show jumping round when some chick in a bright red dress that is sitting in a seat right near the ring stands up and something catastrophic follows. I think eventually that horse comes to Pine Hollow?? That was my favorite one!

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                                  • #57
                                    ::bounces around:: I know how it ends!!

                                    Wait, I shouldn't be proud of that, should I?

                                    Eeesh....

                                    I loved the TB books a whole whole bunch, again until Christina entered the picture. One thing that bothered me was this:

                                    Although like 30 years pass in the books, there's no sense of time/being dated. Ashleigh is like a teen when it starts, and then ends up having a teenage daughter in the later books, but it sure doesn't seem like the 70's in the first books. :: ponders this::

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                                    • #58
                                      Oh i loved TSC books, i still have them all and read them when im bored!
                                      My fave ones are Hobby Horse and Stable Witch!

                                      Anyone ever read the series 'Horse Crazy' about a girl that went off to horse camp without her best friend Judy, because she broke her leg trying yo get her kitten out of the tree? I only have three of them and i would love to know how it turns out!

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                                      • #59
                                        Duramax, I can't remember the title, but I loved that one, too! I also loved Starlight Ride. I still have the first dozen or so books around somewhere. This is making me want to read them again.

                                        I had "aged out" by the time the Pine Hollow series came around. Someone do share how it ended!

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                                        • #60
                                          Someone PLEASE PT me and tell me how Pine Hollow ended...I read the first 6 and wasn't impressed...I have to know!

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