If Wishes Were Horses: Lost Heroines

There aren’t many web resources on Pat Smythe; it’s best to rely on the books she wrote at the height of her fame and her later autobiography, Leaping Life’s Fences. British Pathé has come up trumps however, and you can spend hours there looking for footage of all the showjumping greats from Stroller to Mr […]

Can You Hold Out Till Christmas?

Jane Badger has a preview of her new stock of pony books here, with scans of covers, including Veronica Westlake’s Ten Pound Pony (price, not weight) and Dream Pony by J S Goodall. I’m intrigued by the latter, which has, Jane says, “a gypsy girl heroine, rather than a gypsy out to steal your pony.” […]


Pat Smythe competing at Madison Square Gardens on Prince Hal in 1952 (I think)  against Shirley Thomas of Canada. No hard feelings between Shirley and Pat – they later went on a road trip from Ottowa to Florida together, hunting with every pack they could find on the way.