Ponies Past

I just received a proof of the index for my book, If Wishes Were Horses, and thought that if anyone happens to be passing through the interwebs in search of Cringleford Riding School, Willow Cottage Riding School (near Swannington), Top Farm (near Weston Longville), the riding centre at the Red Barn at Stanford  or Costessey Riding School, they’ll find their memory triggered by this little list:

horses, riding-school

Cricket, 10, 145, 222, 266

Derwen, 10, 144–6

Dusky, 7–8, 22, 45–8, 231, 265

Harry, 248–51, 254

Jasper, 10, 22, 143, 215

Kassane, 327–34

Kylie, 10, 222–6, 246

Mikalo, 10, 42, 209, 230, 237

Murphy, 222–6, 246

Noddy, 144, 211

Pegasus, 10, 128, 144, 215, 222, 238

Petita, 10, 42, 69, 215

Red, 10, 22, 145, 158, 209, 215, 266

Socks, 38

Tav (Mactavish), 10–11, 32, 62–4, 70, 182–94, 196, 199, 221, 226–7, 238, 246, 249, 260, 262, 264–6, 299, 323–4

Tango, 47, 145

Tino, 10, 42, 230

Wispa, 222, 225–6

Zoe, 47–8

6 thoughts on “Ponies Past

  1. I used to go to Cringleford Riding School – the one just outside Norwich. I starting at the Ketteringham riding school, just a few miles away – went there for a few months when I was about 8, and then went to Cringleford for a year or so when I was 10. This was in the 70’s.
    I remember a chestnut pony called Polly, and rode a grey called Pickles (there seemed to be a Pickles and a Polly at every riding school then), and a larger chestnut called Jasper. I don’t remember any of the others there.

  2. Pickles was still there in the eighties, when I was at Cringleford! A little grey. We were always told that he’d been a Prince Philip Cup gymkhana competitor in his youth. And Keswick are still going strong, I think.

  3. I worked at Cringleford from 1984 to 1998 and your book brought back so many memories of happy times. Sadly, Paula Sykes died this year on September 15th. Her funeral was yesterday and it was lovely -if a funeral can be described as such. I remember taking Jasper cubbing and having great fun trying to get him to jump-he was so clumsy! But gorgeous.

    • Thank you so much Mary. Yes, I’ve heard and am hoping to write something more about Paula soon. She gave us so much of our childhoods. When I visited her for If Wishes Were Horses, I just “missed” Dominic, whom she’d still got nearby, well looked after.

      • Donna Clayton now has the stables. A lovely house instead of the rickety old caravan. I can vividly remember the delicious meals that Paula used to cook us. Sam reminded me of the homemade soup-stirred with the same wooden spoon used to stir the ponies linseed and barley!

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