If Wishes Were Horses: Young Riders

Ponymadbooklovers have a good information page on Golden Gorse, as does Jane Badger. The only pony I ever got to Christmas was an Exmoor “adopted” from the Moorland Mousie Trust in Devon, who work to preserve what is now sadly a rare breed. They have commissioned a hardback re-issue of the novel, complete with original […]

Post-Christmas Trivia

On the 30th at 2pm, BBC Radio 7 broadcasts “Cinderella’s Ponies”, a documentary about 100 Shetland ponies who live in a field off the M4 and perform in pantos around the country every Christmas. Jilly Cooper in the Guardian on Sefton, the Blues and Royals’ horse gravely injured in the 1982 IRA bombing at Hyde […]

More Pantomime Ponies

“TWO Shetland ponies will make their pantomime debuts in Cinderella at Hoddesdon’s Broxbourne Civic Hall. Pedro and Peregrine will be pulling the carriage of the leading lady in the rags-to-riches fairy tale at the venue this Christmas. They belong to George Gold, of Scotland, who began providing Shetlands for the stage 20 years ago, their first […]

Pantomime Pony

Diddy Do, a shetland pony who for years hoofed with the best of them on the stage in Scunthorpe pantos, has hit  the ripe old age of 38. You can see Diddy here, enjoying being handfed apple mush in her retirement. Jane Badger has a full set of covers of Gillian Baxter’s “Pantomime Ponies” series, […]