This is me riding my Thoroughbred, James.
The photo looks airbrushed (yeah, OK I need it!) but it’s actually sun faded because it’s pretty old. James was the horse love of my life and even after he died I still love him best. He was a racehorse before I got him but he learned cross country, show jumping and even Pony Club Games with us!
I’ll always miss him but I’m very lucky to know lots of other horses, some I’ve worked with, like polo ponies. I didn’t compete but I helped school six, called Kismet, Pharaoh, Oberon, Claudius, Shaka – and George. Guess who was my favourite? Yeah, you’re right, it was the lovely, cuddly, quite dim and often naughty George. Hm, maybe I’ve just got a thing about horses with human names!
While the first pony I ever rode, a very hard working, not very pretty, but to me beautiful dun-coloured mixed-breed, bit-of-everything pony was called Topper. He lived at a local riding school and taught me loads.
I saved up my pocket money to ride him every week, and he also let me practice stable chores. I was very slow at mucking out, and impatient to learn grooming, which I didn’t mind taking ages. Topper also put up with my first attempts at mane-plaiting and didn’t seem to mind that I made him look like a punk pony.
The first pony I owned was a Welsh Mountain filly called Black Magic (Madge for short),small in size but the owner of a very big heart.
And now? I still have lovely, lovely horses in my family, Apollo, an Appaloosa who’s ridden by my niece, and his friends, the wonderful matriarch Flo and beautifully bred Welsh bay Treacle.
SO, having spent most of my life, working, owning and loving HORSES, I’m now lucky enough to have another fabulous job – writing about them. I’ve had 21 books published by a Scandinavian firm (see book list) and now the wonderful Breakaway Books have started publishing them, just as I wrote each one, set in the British Isles. That’s me then, I really hope you’ll read all the books (at www.breakawaybooks.com and www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk ) and tell me what you think. One more pic for luck just because horses are beautiful………